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Section of a carved Roman pillar

Luna marble

Height: 68cm
Width: 25cm
Length: 21cm

Museum number: M709

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 140help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

Enriched on alternate sides with delicately carved vine and olive branches.

Comparable with similarly ornamented square pillar-shafts in the Vatican Museums, such as the one discussed under the previous catalogue number, Soane M30 (Vermeule 139) and in this case also particularly its pendant Vatican D4671.

Two other fragments Soane M727 and M481 have similar decoration and are thought to be from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli (Villa Adriana).

1 W. Amelung, Die Skulpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, Berlin, 1903-08, Volume 1 - 1903; volume 2 - 1908. p. 619, no. 467c, pl. 65.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Shown in the Drg. 1813. l.

Literature

Ward Penkins in Journal of Roman Studies, XLII, 1952, p.30, no 55.


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