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Section of an enriched Roman shaft

117-138 AD
Probably Hadrianic

Pentelic marble

Height: 38.5cm
Diameter: 19.5cm

Museum number: M454

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 133help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This shaft is carved with ivy leaves, berries, tendrils, and small branches, in an arrangement similar to the previous entry except that the two heavy main stems cross at a point just above the irregular bottom break.

Similar round shafts, enriched with birds pecking at berries and flowers, etc., all carved very delicately have been found in Rome itself; compare the example from the island on the Tiber, illustrated by Piranesi1.

1 Piranesi, Opere Varie, pl. 10, F.4; John Wilton-Ely, No. 925.

Provenance help-art-provenance

May be shown in J.M. Gandy view of the Museum, 1811, SM P384 (front lower left). The images needs to be checked carefully aginst the fragment to confirm this.


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