Ionic capital, for a lamp stand

Hellenistic Period
2nd–1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 679.


Width x length: 8.1 x 9.7 cm (3 3/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Lighting devices

Ionic capital for a lamp stand. The volute channel curves downward strongly, and at its center is an eight-petaled rosette in relief. Five-petalled palmettes hang downward in the angle between volute and channel. Hemispheres decorate the eyes of the volutes. The high abacus is profiled with an S-curve (cyma recta) and a broad fillet. The bolster end has a broad central balteus formed of three plain cords (tori). Medium green patina.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren