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A Roman antefix

14-70 AD

Coarse-grained Asiatic marble

Height: 22cm
Width: 18cm
Thickness: 12cm

Museum number: M628

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 127help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Within an outer fillet edge-border enframement, a honeysuckle-palmette, the stylised bottom leaves of which curve up and run into the fillet.

This is a decorative pattern which disappears from architectural enrichment after the first part of the Flavian Era (c.80 AD), and is best associated with Julio-Claudian building.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected 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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 1, no. 14.


Tatham: Drawings, 4.

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