Each of the four faces of this pillar shows a different scrolled vine-and-leaf pattern. The exact use of the pillar is unclear. Along with an identical one now in Berlin, it may have been part of a pulpit or a canopy over an altar or a choir screen.
[ Stefano Bardini, Florence (sold 1918)]; his sale, American Art Association, New York, April 23-27, 1918, lot 387)
Breck, Joseph. "Recent Accessions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 13, no. 6 (June 1918). p. 146.
Townsend, Horace, ed. De Luxe Illustrated Catalogue of the Beautiful Treasures and Antiquities Illustrating the Golden Age of Italian Art Belonging to the Famous Expert and Antiquarian Signor Stefano Bardini of Florence, Italy. New York: American Art Association, April 23–27, 1918. no. 387, ill.
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lisbeth, and Jack Soultanian. Italian Medieval Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010. no. 3, pp. 11–13.