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Fragment of a frieze or carved relief panel

69-96 AD

Pavonazzetto marble

Height: 19.5cm
Width: 25cm
Thickness: 4cm

Museum number: S39

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 151help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The leaves and branches of a carved bay-leaf ornamentation; probably a fragment of a not overly large frieze.

The type of foliage suggests deviation from architecture connected with the worship of Apollo. Compare the frieze fragments from the Temple of Apollo Sosianus (near the Theatre of Marcellus, Rome) for a larger, higher relief, parallel(?) to this fragment1 and especially the section of entablature once thought to be from the temple of Apollo Palatino, until recently in the Museo della Terme, and now in the Antiquario Palatino where it is mounted on the wall just to the left of the main entrance. Mrs. Strong followed the older tradition in associating it with the Augustan edifice2 , whereas actually this block appears to be Flavian and from the so-called Stadium nearby. The leaves show a higher degree of plasticity than the Soane fragment, but it is not impossible that the two may derive from the enrichment of the same edifice, since other Palatine fragments grace the Soane collection.

1Arch. Ang. 1941, cols. 508 ff. Fig.70.
2 E. Strong, La Scultura Romana...,1923, I, p. 63, fig. 40.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Rome; collected in Rome 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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 3, no.56.


Tatham: Drawings, 11.

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