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Marble fragment of a pilaster

Period:
Augustan or Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H.: 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (24.8 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.192.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This pilaster is decorated on three sides with a low relief that represents burning incense pans balanced on slender supports flanked by birds. On the front side, one pair of birds stretch down to eat from sheaves of wheat; on the left, roosters nibble branches; on the right, small birds pick at berries. The delicate workmanship and attenuated design are similar to the decoration on the wall paintings from Boscotrecase displayed in the gallery of Augustan art.
M.E.P. 1924. "Miscellaneous Greek and Roman Sculptures." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(10): pp. 242-3, fig. 3.

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