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Marble fragment of an anta (pilaster) capital from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis

ca. early 3rd century B.C.
A 57" x22" X24" approx. weigth 2,600 lbs B 63"x 22"X16" approx. weight 1,500 lbs
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of the American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.59.12a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
The crowning molding is badly damaged, but beneath it is a better preserved egg-and-dart molding surmounting a bead and reel motif. The corner egg is embellished with an anthemion (floral-form ornament). The elaborate treatment of this detail corresponds to that of the eggs on the front of the Ionic capital of the Sardis Column (26.59.1), with which this anta capital was likely paired in the inner porch of the temple. Beneath the bead and reel molding the elaborate decoration continued with a lesbian leaf motif, another bead and reel and a frieze of acanthus wreaths (see drawing). Along with the column, displayed nearby, these anta fragments are among the few surviving ornaments from the original Hellenistic decoration of the temple.
Excavated at Sardis

Butler, Howard Crosby. 1925. Architecture: The Temple of Artemis, Sardis, Vol. 2, pt. 1. pp. 53-5, ill. 47, Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 207, pp. 180, 443, 446, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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