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Composite capital with smooth leaves

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Composite capital with smooth leaves (one of a pair with 1997.3). On four sides, a lobed abacus, with Ionic volutes; echinus decorated with lotus flower relief, the stem descending between smooth-edged acanthus leaves. Slight wear and traces of encrustation in some recesses.


By 1995: with Acanthus Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028; purchased by MFA from Acanthus Gallery, September 20, 1995

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

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


20.4 x 20.2 cm (8 1/16 x 7 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: H: 8 in. (20.4 cm) W: 7 15/16 in. (20.2 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Stone, Green porphyry ("serpentino")


The Ancient World


Architectural elements