Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

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

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Fragment of limestone column-necking decorated with lotus moulding.  This fragment shows the upper part of a lotus flower and bud which touch on the moulding. The moulding's top continues into the horizontal plane of the beading which was similarly colour

AN1124786001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1886,0401.27

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Sculpture B394a

Bibliographic reference
Villing et al 2013-2015 AA.05 (Phase 3)
Sculpture B394a (Phase 3)
Koenigs 2007 Cat. no.4a, p.315-316; pl. 6, 7, 29

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Object types
column (all objects)

Materials
limestone (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
painted (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Naukratis (scope note | all objects)
(Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Naukratis)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot First Temple of Apollo (all objects)
(Africa,Egypt,Lower Egypt,Nile Delta,Kom Geif,Naukratis,Sanctuary of Apollo,First Temple of Apollo)
Date
575BC - 560BC
Period/Culture
Archaic Greek (scope note | all objects)


Description
Fragment of limestone column-necking decorated with lotus moulding.
This fragment shows the upper part of a lotus flower and bud which touch on the (ovolo) moulding. The moulding's top continues into the horizontal plane of the beading which was coloured in red. The limestone is light coloured and fine-grained.

Dimensions
Height: 10 centimetres (max)
Width: 11.5 centimetres (max)
Height: 9.5 centimetres (center line)


Curator's comments
This fragment, just as B 394b, can be attributed to the same kind of column necking as B393. This fragment and B394b differ in their execution but may well belong to different columns within the same group of columns. According to mathematical considerations the estimated upper diameter should span approximately 40 to 45 cm, which is close to the size of B393 (Dm 44 cm). The dimension between the axes was calculates 2 x 5,2 to 5,9 cm, resulting 10,4 to 11,8 cm and 12 ornament axis (Koenigs 2007, 315f. Cat. 4).

Published (Petrie 1886, 5f. Pl. 3; Holtfester 2001, 294)


Subject
plant (all objects)


Acquisition date
1886

Acquisition name
Donated by Egypt Exploration Fund (biographical details | all objects)
Excavated by Egypt Exploration Fund (biographical details | all objects)


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