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Base for a decorative shaft (candelabrum)

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This decorative base of a candelabrum with figures of Polykleitan statues in relief on its three panels was originally surmounted by a tall, round shaft carved with foliage or vegetal designs and a marble basin to hold a fire or a terminal such as a pine cone. Each side of this base bears a...

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According to a letter from Edward Perry Warren, dated August 28, 1896, it was found in 1856 while a house was being built in the Borgo Nuovo, Rome; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren from the collection of the Countess Maria della Porta Rodiani Carrara, Palazzo Lorenzana, Rome; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, about 30–20 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 299; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).


Height (without plinth and cap): 103.5 cm (40 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World


Architectural elements