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Corinthian column capital

Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Overall: 8 1/4 x 18in. (21 x 45.7cm) diameter 9in. (22.9cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Alexander and Helene Abraham Gift, 1996
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The capital is a variant of the early Hellenistic Corinthian capital, with a double-bodied sphinx decorating its front face. The sides are ornamented with palmettes, while the back, not meant to be seen, is unfinished. Two corners of the abacus, with their openwork supporting helices, survive.
Herrmann, Ariel and Dr. Seán Hemingway. 1996. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1995-1996." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 54(2): p. 15.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1996. "One Hundred Twenty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 126: p. 17.

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