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Volute of Ionic capital

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The volute comes from left side of a normal Ionic capital with scrolls on two opposite fronts and bolsters on the others. The volute, which is turned 1 3/4 turns, is powerfully convex, being bordered with a thin fillet. On the outer edge (bolster side), the fillet is concave. The volute ends...

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Said to come from Selinunte; according to the dealer's declaration of antiquity: by 1961: Adolph Hakenleiter Collection, Rueschlikon, Switzerland (said to have been his property by inheritance); December 1961: purchased by Robert E. Hecht, Jr., from Adolph Hakenleiter, Switzerland (on loan to MFA as 138.64, August 14, 1964); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht Jr., September 12, 1984

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund

Greek, Classical Period, about 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 007.


Width: about 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements