Eagle capital

Early Byzantine Period
5th century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Turkey, Istanbul


Height x width x depth: 34.3 x 48.3 x 47.6 cm (1)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Two-zone capital with eagles in the upper zone and fine-toothed acanthus leaves below.

University of South Florida Lab No. 8483: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.9 / delta18O -2.2,

Attribution - Proconnesus 1, Turkey. Justification - C and O isotopes, grayish, medium grain.


By 1950s: Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, IL; by May 2001: with Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 31 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60602 (Harlan Berk 120th Buy or Bid Sale, May 10, 2001, lot 673); 2001: purchased by MFA from 120th Buy or Bid Sale; accessioned by MFA, June 27, 2001

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund