Fragment, Marble, Roman

Production date
64 BCE-198 CE
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Object Detail

Fragment of marble, with purple with white inclusions, and irregular edges.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production place
H56mm x W45mm x D20mm
Media/Materials description
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 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. This piece with its eyecatching pattern would have made a sophisticated design statement.
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