Corinthian capital

Early Byzantine Period
mid-6th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 056.


Overall: 47cm (18 1/2in.) Diameter and weight: 419 lb. (190.1 kg) Framed (Square steel plate / wooden palette): 10.6 x 68.6 x 67.3 cm (4 3/16 x 27 x 26 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Antioch Mosaic Gallery (Gallery 214A)


Europe, The Ancient World


Architectural elements

The acanthus leaves of the traditional Corinthian capital have been transformed into the lace-like surface of sharply cut out vines. Only the general outlines of the leaves remain to suggest the original design. The customary scrolls and upper molding (abacus) have been reduced to insignificance in order to concentrate attention on the foliage.


By date unknown: with Michele Zoppo, Rome (from northern Syria; in Italy on temporary importation from Switzerland); about 1972: purchased by Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr. from Michele Zoppo (now deceased); by 1977: on loan by Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann to MFA (loan no. 84.1977); gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr. to MFA, December 10, 1980

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr.