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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.79
Title
Capital from a Pilaster, with Acanthus and Sheath Leaves and Flower Bud
Classification
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
Date
c. 500-599 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Coptic
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/288642
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Limestone
Technique
Relief
Dimensions
H. 21 × W. 40.5 × D. 19.1 cm (8 1/4 × 15 15/16 × 7 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Unknown, formerly of the Kevorkian Collection. Said to be from Bawit.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian
Accession Year
1975
Object Number
1975.41.79
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Engaged pilaster capital, decorated in relief with stylized, spiny-looking acanthus leaves supporting a central rosette, with petals partially open, seen in profile. Rosette is heavily damaged. Acanthus decoration continues around to one short side, suggesting that this was placed in a corner space.
Publication History

"Pagan and Christian Egypt: Egyptian Art from the First to the Tenth Century A.D." (1941), Brooklyn Museum, pp. 24-25, no. 45

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