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Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus

Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus

400s

Limestone

Overall: 51.1 x 76.9 x 75 cm (20 1/8 x 30 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1969.111

Description

These capitals - the Capital with Acanthus and Crosses and the Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus - may have been found in Northern Syria and presumably come from a large and important church. Both capitals are decorated with leaves of acanthus, a fleshy plant with jagged leaves native to the Mediterranean area. One capital is symmetrical with crosses in its ornament, the other is asymmetrical and gives the impression of windblown leaves.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Limestone

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