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Fragment of the framing of a door (or panel?)

Second half 2nd century AD

Luna marble

Height: 10cm
Width: 26cm
Thickness: 9cm

Museum number: M539

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 95help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Carving from top to bottom (as displayed and as in catalogue image) consists of a fillet, bead and reel, and cyma reversa enriched with acanthus leaves. This fragment was probably part of a framing for a door or panel. The type of compressed, almost folded leaf originates in the mid-second century AD, but the treatment is rather flatter in surface appearance than one would expect at this period and indicates a later date in the same century for this piece.

Such carving can be visualised from the complete marble door frame of the Flavian period (69-96 AD) in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, evidently from Pompeii or its port on the Bay of Naples1.

1 Bulletin, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 70, 1972, p. 42, no. 25.

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