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Corinthian pier capital

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Corinthian capital with rich foliage over the entire surface. In the center leaf, a Christogram has been carved (the Greek letters Chi and Rho). Reddish patina, some ancient damage to leaf tips.


Before 1975: Sello Collection, Switzerland; 1975: Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr., Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr. to MFA, December 13, 1978

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr.

Byzantine, Late Antique Period, Late 5th century A.D.

Place of Manufacture


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 055.


Overall: 50cm (19 11/16in.) Diameter and weight: 740 lb. (335.7 kg) Framed (Contoured rectangular steel plate / wooden pallet): 10.6 x 86.4 x 70.5 cm (4 3/16 x 34 x 27 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements