Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall: 138 x 28in. (350.5 x 71.1cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910

Accession Number: 10.210.28a–c

Description

The new buildings erected under Augustus were richly decorated on every possible surface. Cornices, door frames, and column bases were overspread with leafy sculpted vines loaded with fruit, flowers, and small creatures. These images of luxuriant growth, such as depicted on this section of a marble pilaster, became symbols of the prosperity and abundance promised by the emperor.

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