Fragment of a gutter (sima) from a pediment

Early Classical Period
about 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 041.


Overall: 11 x 23cm (4 5/16 x 9 1/16in.) Mount (Steel wall shaped L-bracket plate for the object to rest on): 7.6 x 22.9 cm (3 x 9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

The fragment is a decorated gutter (sima), which has widely-spaced lotus buds and palmettes linked by loose S-shaped scrolls. Above are an ovolo and a fillet. This fragment joins 1984.439, which is the corner element and includes the plain tympanum of the pediment.

The surfaces, including the breaks, have a crusty yellow patina. Broken on ends and back. It is composed of two pieces.

Said from Selinunte but probably from Lokri.


By 1960: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia, Pa.(said to come from Selinunte in Sicily); gift of George Allen to MFA, February 8, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of George Allen