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Fragment of a Roman Corinthian pilaster capital

98-117 AD

Luna marble

Height: 41cm
Width: 56cm
Width (pilaster): 33cm
Thickness: 8cm

Museum number: M1127

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 56help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This capital is carved out in high relief from a roughened surface, beneath a concave abacus which is nearly entirely broken away. The carving between the now missing volutes follows the normal pattern for a Corinthian capital.

The best parallels for the deep, dark, line cutting running vertically between the parts of the acanthus leaves and the regularly spaced drill points down the leaf centres are in the Trajanic period: the end of the first into the pre-Hadrianic second century AD1.

1 V. Scrinari, I Capitelli romani di Aquileia, Padua, 1952, no. 17, shows an example in the Museo di Aquileia, which from the photograph is a close parallel to this piece.

Provenance help-art-provenance

This fragment may have been purchased by John Soane at the Robert Adam Sale (Christie's) 22 May 1818, Lot 90, A Corinthian pilaster capital and a Roman capital of an Ionic Column, £4.18.0.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk