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Fragment of the enriched soffit of an architrave

27 BC-14 AD
Augustan

Luna marble

Width: 38cm
Length: 25cm
Thickness: 4cm

Museum number: M39

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 86help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

From forward edge (or top as described in present display mounting), enrichment consists of a flattened, roughened face for overjoining leading to a groove and fillet, cyma reversa enriched with waterleaf, another groove, guilloche band, groove, and rough surface.

An excellent example of Augustan work as found in the Forum of Augustus of the Basilica Julia fragments; the details and arrangement of this enrichment was copied in the Forum Traiani but there the waterleaf is easily distinguished from this exclusively Augustan carving1.

1 See Leon, Trajansforum, pl. 71, 1, pp. 175, 263, 279 for an example of this kind of soffit from the Forum of Augustus and pl. 7, 2, p. 62 for one from the Forum Traiani.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Shown in drawing of 1813.I.


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