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Corinthian pilaster capital

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The lower part of this Corinthian capital has two tiers of acanthus leaves, and the upper part has two pairs of scrolls, which are each supported by a calyx of foliage on a robust stem. A central stem supports a flower on the upper molding (or abacus). The piece has graceful, relatively...

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By 1966: David Sharp Collection, 44 Chandros Avenue, Southgate, London N 14 7ER, England; May 2000, purchased from David Sharp by Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Ave, New York, New York 10021; purchased by MFA from Ariadne Galleries, Inc., March 21, 2001

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Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, 25–1 B.C.


58.4 x 74.3 x 6.7 cm (23 x 29 1/4 x 2 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from Carrara in northwest Italy


The Ancient World


Architectural elements