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Marble corner acroterion with acanthus scrolls

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 35 3/8 x 32 1/4in. (89.8 x 81.9cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.149.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This pair of reliefs once decorated the corner of a roof or high balustrade. They were set at right angles to each other, and at the corner joint a thick stalk would have emerged from a bed of floppy acanthus leaves to spread out in the vines that encircle large flowers.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 20, pp. 40-1, 205, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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