Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

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Marble (?) or limestone fragment of a column base.  Two joined fragments, set up on a round plinth made of artificial stone, form a segment of a base (spira). The external surface is treated with flat horizontal bead-mouldings; three wider bead-mouldings and five narrow ones alternate. Horizontal traces of the rotary forming process indicate a similar production technique to that of the first Dipteros of Hera on Samos, although the surface of this base is less carefully smoothed than that of the Samian bases. Similarly, the moulding is far less regular than that of the Samian bases. The traces of rotary forming vary in places - the lateral area in particular - and thus a low rotational speed can be assumed. The upper surface is slightly rounded in diameter and exhibits an opening rest of stone - above a groove of about 3.5cm - which ought to be identified as a remainder of the base torus made of the same stone. The lower surface is not visible but appears to be even. The rear surface consists of an oblique breakage.

AN1191821001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1886,0401.17

Bibliographic reference
Villing et al 2013-2015 AA.01 (Phase 3)
Sculpture B391
Koenigs 2007 Cat.no. 1; p. 313-314; pl. 2-3,6,29
Petrie 1886 p. 13, pl. III

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