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Section of a Roman candelabrum or decorative shaft

Pentelic marble

Height: 20cm
Diameter: 11cm
Circumference (excluding heads): 37cm

Museum number: X6

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 188help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The central feature of the enrichment is above a line of bead moulding which runs about the body surface and consists of a facing pair of Maenad heads in high relief, a torch between them. On the opposite side another pair (the head on the left is replaced by the iron wall mounting) of which the bearded head of an old Seilenos remains at the right. There are remains of carved vine tendrils and grapes above the beading, and there are foliage, tendrils and a line of rosettes below.

These heads are a rather rare feature in candelabra decoration and are to be found more often on baetyli.

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