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


The acanthus scroll that decorates the pilaster, presumably from a public building, is populated with a variety of birds. Such imagery is found on major imperial monuments at Rome, notably the Ara Pacis Augustae, as well on funerary altars and minor works of art such as silver drinking bowls and Arretine pottery.