Imperial Period
A.D. 80–115


Stone (painted wooden pedestal): 140 x 33.7 x 152.1 cm (55 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 59 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, from Carrara in northwest Italy

On View

Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

On the projecting upper portion (cornice) are carved bands of leaves, dentils, and an bead-and-reel motif while on the lower portion (architrave) one can see foliage, pearls, and lacy florals, separated by plain narrow bands. The ornamentation of the cornice and the architrave is deeply undercut, while the middle register (frieze) was left rough, perhaps for a marble revetment. About 2/3 of the way to the right of the piece, there is a projecting cornice with a channel careved into its underside to be inserted on to a colonnette.

The condition of the surface is excellent, although there is some chipping and abrasion.


By 1989: with Phillips London, 101 New Bond Street, London W1Y 0AS (Phillips auction, October 5, 1989, lot 74); purchased at Phillips auction on behalf of MFA by McAlpine Ancient Art, 60 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1Y 1YB (said to come from an English collection); purchased by MFA from McAlpine Ancient Art, October 25, 1989

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund