Corinthian column capital

Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

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.

Corinthian column capital, Limestone, Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

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