Marble fragment of an anta (pilaster) capital from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis
early 3rd century B.C.
H.,7 1/2", W.,8", D.,91/2"
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
The molding is decorated with a vegetal motif known as lesbian leaf, after the island of Lesbos. This fragment is from the same anta capital as the piece (26.59.12a,b) displayed nearby and was located just beneath it.
Excavated at Sardis
Butler, Howard Crosby. 1925. Architecture: The Temple of Artemis, Sardis, Vol. 2, pt. 1. Leiden: E.J. Brill.