Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

The acanthus scroll that decorates the pilaster, presumably from a public building, is populated with a variety of birds. Such imagery is found on major imperial monuments at Rome, notably the Ara Pacis Augustae, as well on funerary altars and minor works of art such as silver drinking bowls and Arretine pottery.

Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls, Marble, Roman

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