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Marble pilaster capital

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Overall: 21 x 28in. (53.3 x 71.1cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The capital was once set against a wall, crowning a rectangular semi-detached pilaster. In Roman architecture three major orders of capitals were used—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. This pilaster capital is a fine example of the most elaborate, the Corinthian order. Three acanthus leaves rise from the base and two flowers on delicately carved stems curl upward between them. A classical molding with stylized lotus flowers over a band of bead and reel separates the lower part of the capital from the two volutes around which a leafy vine entwines. At the top, a single flower decorates the center of the straight abacus.
The Art Gallery of Toronto. 1948. The Classical Contribution to Western Civilization: A Loan Exhibition Organized and Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to the Art Gallery of Toronto. p. 22, Toronto: Rous & Mann.

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. 94, p. 124 , Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 94, p. 124, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 21, pp. 41, 205, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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