Marble fragment of a pilaster


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This pilaster is decorated on three sides with a low relief that represents burning incense pans balanced on slender supports flanked by birds. On the front side, one pair of birds stretch down to eat from sheaves of wheat; on the left, roosters nibble branches; on the right, small birds pick at berries. The delicate workmanship and attenuated design are similar to the decoration on the wall paintings from Boscotrecase displayed in the gallery of Augustan art.

Marble fragment of a pilaster, Marble, Roman

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