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Large rosette based on an anitque example from the Temple of Mars Ultor, Rome

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Museum number: X1735

Curatorial note

This rosette is on the underside of the soffitt of the main skylight over the Dome Area at the heart of the Museum. It was installed in 1833 when Soane redesigned the skylight as a conical rooflight. The Dome is subtly lit from behind through small rectagular red and orange coloured glass panes in a hidden small circular upstand at the top of the skylgiht.

This large rosette seems to be identical to another in Soane's Museum, on the ceiling of the inner hall lobby (SM H17). Both are noted in the early inventories as being from the Temple of Mars Ultor in Rome. These rosettes are not casts directly from ancient fragments but rosettes modelled after antique examples, probably by Soane's own cast-makers. There are also two rosettes which seem to be casts sirectly from the original antique rosette in Soane's collection (M77 and M872).

Associated objects

H17, another identical
M77, original
M872, another identical


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