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Fragment of a console or a modiglion from a giant entablature

69-235 AD
Possibly Flavian (69-96 AD), but more likely high quality work of the Severan style (193-235 AD)

Pentelic marble

Height: 18cm
Width: 18cm
Length: 19cm

Museum number: X27

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 116help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The fragment is enriched with acanthus foliage, leaves and stalks, impressionistically indicated by strong use of the running drill, etc. There are remains of bolster enrichment on the remaining side surface.

The piece is too broken to be definite about its origins. It could be, viewed one way, an enriched console, as per the previous examples in the Soane collection which all have the waterleaf returned vertically down the side (so the unbroken example indicates). This feature is more often found on consoles (which are separate units) than on modiglions, which continue such enrichment over into the (coffered) vaulting of the upper part of the entablature. The fragment could, however, also be a modiglion from a large entablature. There is not enough of the fragment surviving to indicate which based upon these points in the enrichment.

Possibly Flavian, but more likely high quality work of the Severan style.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded.


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