Corinthian pilaster capital

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from Carrara in northwest Italy

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

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 naturalistic foliage, whose deep
folds create contrasts of light and shade.


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

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund