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Pilaster capital with a lion-griffin

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The flat relief is broken on the left side, but finished on the top, right, and on the bottom. Below the upper moldings, a horned winged lion, forelegs bent back, lies to the right. His tail appears to blend into a palmette, part of which remains behind him. In the frieze below the moldings at...

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By 1888: with Luigi Jandolo (said to have been discovered by Lucatelli in the woods of Rocca di Papa); purchased by R. Lanciani from Luigi Jandolo; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, early Julio-Claudian, A.D. 14–50

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 309.


Height: 59 cm (23 1/4 in.); width: 36.4 cm (14 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Carrara, Italy


The Ancient World


Architectural elements