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Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 138 x 28in. (350.5 x 71.1cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.28a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The acanthus scroll that decorates the pilaster, presumably from a public building, is populated with a variety of birds. Such imagery is found on major imperial monuments at Rome, notably the Ara Pacis Augustae, as well on funerary altars and minor works of art such as silver drinking bowls and Arretine pottery.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 255, fig. 33, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 227-28, fig. 157, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 227-28, fig. 157, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 96, pp. 4, 126-27 , Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 96, pp. 4, 126-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Castriota, David. 1995. The Ara Pacis Augustae and the Imagery of Abundance in Later Greek and Early Roman Imperial Art. pp. 48, 50, 189, fig. 61, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Mathea-Förtsch, Marion. 1999. Romische Rankenpfeiler und -Pilaster: Schmuckstützen mit vegetabilem Dekor, vornehmlich aus Italien und den westlichen Provinzen. no. 96, pp. 133-4, cf. 212, pl. 20,1-2, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 22, pp. 41, 205, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Angelicoussis, Elizabeth. 2009. "Two Roman pillars from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 44. pp. 28-9, fig. 16.

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