Marble fragment, with carved decoration on one side, comprised of oval shapes, possibly representing 'egg and dart' moulding. Opposite face flat and undecorated, edges non-uniform. Possibly once part of the upper decorative elements from an Ionic column at the top of the column shaft.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman masonry fragment
64 BCE-198 CE
H130mm x W102mm x D38mm
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.