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Fragment of an ionic capital

Early 2nd century AD

Pentelic marble

Height: 23cm
Width: 62cm

Museum number: M15

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 40help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The face of an Ionic capital consisting of two volutes with egg and dart enrichment between, and an abacus enriched with shallow egg and dart above.

A Roman early 2nd century AD imitation of a Greek type and perhaps made by a Greek craftsman working in Rome.

This capital fragment is a pair with Vermeule 41 (M31), as indicated by the inscription on the Tatham drawing.

On Ionic capitals like this one with horizontal channel with level lower border and 3-part cymatium see Orhan Bing, Das ionische Normalkapitel in hellenistischer und römischer Zeit in Kleinasien, Tübingen 1980, pp. 35-36, pl. 15-16 and John J. Herrmann, Jr., The Ionic capital in Late Antique Rome, Rome 1988.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected in Rome by Charles Heathcote Tatham for the architect Henry Holland during the 1790s. See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 1, no.19. (Soane Archive)

Literature

Tatham: Drawings, 12.


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