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Composite capital with smooth leaves

Composite capital with smooth leaves (one of a pair with 1995.680). Square abacus, lobed on four sides, with Ionic volutes; on each echinus, a lotus flower in relief; on each corner, a smooth-edged acanthus leaf arises, flanking the lotus stems. Traces of encrustation in some recesses; lower edge...

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Provenance

By 1995: with Acanthus Gallery, 24 East 81th Street, New York, NY 10028; purchased by MFA from Acanthus Gallery, January 22, 1997

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Roman, Early Christian Period, about A.D. 400–440

Dimensions

20.3 x 20.3 cm (8 x 8 in.); Legacy dimension: H: 20.3 cm (8 in.); W: 20.3 em. (8 in.)

Accession Number

1997.3

Medium or Technique

Stone, Green porphyry ("serpentino")

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements