Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls, Marble, Roman

Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 138 x 28in. (350.5 x 71.1cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.28a–c
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.
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