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SECTION OF A CARVED PILLAR

Luna marble

Height: 82cm
Width: 24cm
Length: 16cm

Museum number: M727

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 141help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The enrichment on a similar decorative pillar, built into the wall of the Museo Chiaramonti as a support for a sculpture ledge, is quite close to the odd sides of this fragment1. There are examples in the Antiquario of the Villa Hadriana (e.g. no. 419, enriched with ivy leaves and therefore the rectangular counterpart of circular shaft, Soane no.132), and on a trip through the Vatican magazines the cataloguer counted about 25 square or rectangular, triangular, and circular shafts which have so many exact parallels at Hadrian's Villa as to be chiefly from that source.

1W. Amelung, Die Skulpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, Berlin, 1903-08, Volume 1 - 1903; volume 2 - 1908, I, p. 407, no. E 149 (and descr.), pl. 42.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Shown in Drg. 1813.l.

Literature

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


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