Composite capital with smooth leaves

Early Christian Period
about A.D. 400–440


20.4 x 20.2 cm (8 1/16 x 7 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: H: 8 in. (20.4 cm) W: 7 15/16 in. (20.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone, Green porphyry ("serpentino")

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Composite capital with smooth leaves (one of a pair with 1997.3).
On four sides, a lobed abacus, with Ionic volutes; echinus decorated with lotus flower relief, the stem descending between smooth-edged acanthus leaves. Slight wear and traces of encrustation in some recesses.


By 1995: with Acanthus Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028; purchased by MFA from Acanthus Gallery, September 20, 1995

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund