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Limestone column capital

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
late 4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
7 1/8 x 13 in. (18.1 x 33.0 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of the Aboutaam Family, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.95
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Gift of the Aboutaam Family, 1995 (1995.95, .291)
Purchase, Alexander and Helene Abraham Gift, 1996 (1996.26)

The capitals, carved in crisp and striking detail, are a variant of the early Hellenistic Corinthian capital. The figure of a double-bodied sphinx dominates front and back, and large palmettes ornament the sides. They are typical of the architectural decoration found on Tarantine naiskoi (funerary monuments). On one, the figure of the sphinx is unusually large, leaving little of the original Corinthian acanthus-leaf design visible. All that remains of a third capital is a pair of volutes from one corner, showing the elaborate openwork that accompanied the figural decoration.
Herrmann, Ariel and Dr. Seán Hemingway. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1994-1995." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 53(2): p. 7.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.

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