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Fragment of a Roman carved pilaster

117-138 AD
Hadrianic, according to Mathea-Förtsch

Pentelic marble

Height: 23cm
Width: 22.5cm

Museum number: S82

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 147help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This pilaster fragment is carved with leaves and a bird grasping vine stems which lead to a central thyrsos-like trunk.

Mathea-Förtsch states that several fragments at the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) at Tivoli have exactly the same leaf pattern and carving and even though the fragments cannot be joined, they probably belong to the same object.

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 See Cornelius Vermeule, unpublished Catalogue of the Antiquities at Sir John Soane's Museum, Introduction, transcription of Tatham letters, List 2, no.75.


Tatham: Etchings, 11; Drawings, 3.
Mathea-Förtsch, pl. 93,4, no. 73.

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