Object Detail


Description
Fragment of marble, with irregular edges, purple-red colour.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY
CH classification BUILDINGS
Measurements
H92mm x W17mm x D18mm
Media/Materials description
Marble
Signature/Marks
J.49
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.

Many domestic buildings respond to practical needs, yet they also reflect social and public lives and aspirations of their owner/occupiers. 'Keeping up with your neighbours' has a long antiquity, felt even by many ancient people, who usd their houses to signal rank, wealth and success.

Coloured marbles such as this were incorporated into buildings to eye-catching effect. Demand for coloured marbles became so intense that it formed a profitable, highly organised and extensive trade. Yellow marble was sourced from Tunisia, and green and red marble from Greece.
Registration number
E40095

Category

Colours

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