In my opinion, the "Greek Key" is the handsomest of decorative motifs. It is sometimes called a "Meander" (from "Maiandros") or a "Greek Fret," and it's formed by a continuous line formed into a repeating "wave" of right angles. Its unending line has come to symbolize eternity or infinity—as well as everlasting love, friendship and devotion. It was commonly used in Greek and Roman art (starting in the Greek "Geometric Period" around 900-700 BC), including architectural friezes (especially in temples), painted ceramics, stone sidewalks and tile or mosaic work in private villa interiors. It can also be found in Chinese design much earlier, during the Shang Dynasty (2000-1000 BC). The Maiandros or Meander River was in the Ancient Greek city of Miletus (present day Turkey), well-known for its winding and twisting path to the Aegean Sea.
The 4" x 6" frame, shown above, is made of cast pewter in New York City. It is surrounded by a handsome Greek Key motif. Additional size options are shown below. Click on any photo to learn more about that particular frame.
(5" x 7")
(3.5" x 5")
(2.5" x 3.5")
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