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Base of a candelabrum

Base of a candelabrum

Roman, early Imerial period, about 30-20 B.C.

Marble, (from Mt. Pentelikon in Greece)

 

This decorative base of a candelabrum has horned griffins at it's feet and was originally topped by a tall shaft and a bowl to hold a fire. Elaborate candelabra became popular in Rome dering the late Republic and were used in temples public buildings, private villas, and even funerary complexes. Each side of this base bears a relief carving of a figure based on a different Classical Greek statue. These reliefs help date the baseto the Classical revival in art that took place in Rome under Augustus. (from the primary display card)

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Taken on May 3, 2008