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Section of a Roman enriched shaft with ivy leaves, berries, tendrils and branches

117-138 AD
Probably Hadrianic

Coarse-grained Greek island marble

Height: 30cm
Circumference: 68cm
Diameter: 21cm

Museum number: M1016

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 132help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The carved tendrils and branches depicted on this fragment all spring from two central stems which rise in opposite directions from a meeting point below the present bottom.

A shaft fragment with enrichment in the style of this example has been found at the Emperor Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli (Villa Adriana).1 Another shaft in this style supports the bust of Lucius Verus in the Canopus of the Villa Torlonia-Albani in Rome.

1 P. Gusman, La Villa impériale de Tibur (Villa Hadriana), Paris, 1904, p. 250, fig. 410; also/or nos. 442, 451, etc. in the Antiquario at the villa.

Provenance help-art-provenance

In Soane's collection by 1811 when it is shown in a view of the Dome Area by Joseph Michael Gandy.


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