Inspired by Athens

Placed at the edge of tiles, antefixes are signature architectural elements of the Greek temples. Originated from a small structure of Acropolis, were the true roof jewels of the buildings in classical Athens. In less grand buildings ceramic antefixes, usually terracotta, might be decorated with figures or other ornaments, especially in the Roman period. By this time, they were found on many large buildings, including private houses.

The roofs of substantial buildings in classical Athens were covered with overlapping tiles. Antefixes were the outermost tiles, often decorated with floral or figural motifs. Antefixes still decorating some of the most wonderful buildings and facades of the city of Athens.