Marble fragment, triangular in shape and of cream colour. Carved decoration on one side, comprised of two oval shapes, possibly representing 'egg and dart' moulding, set beneath a incised line. The opposite face is flat and undecorated, the edges are non-uniform. Possibly once part of the upper decorative elements from an Ionic column at the top of the column shaft.
ARCHAEOLOGY Roman masonry fragment
64 BCE-198 CE
L130mm x W102mm x D37mm
History and use
The personalities and identities of ancient and modern cities are crafted in part by the architectural elements of their public and private buildings. Beyond the practical structural and functional requirements of buildings- to provide safety, shelter and storage- architectural elements of public buildings reflect wealth and prosperity, power, politics, aesthetics, and the belief systems of people. This Roman marble architectural fragment, possibly depicts egg and dart moulding and may have been part of an Ionic Column at the top of the column shaft.