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Ionic capital

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Volutes, egg and dart molding; rose and drapery below; acanthus leaves over interior of volutes. From Athens (?).


By date unknown: Solomon Willard Collection; sold by Solomon Willard in the mid 1840s to William A. Saunders who kept it in his garden for about 50 years; according to a letter from Mr. Saunders, the capital was said to be from Athens; gift of William A. Saunders to MFA, December 1896

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Gift of William A. Saunders

Large capital with swags and volutes


Overall: 47 x 76.2 x 53.3 cm (18 1/2 x 30 x 21 in.)

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The Ancient World


Architectural elements