- Museum number
Limestone capital from a column, perhaps part of a funeral or votive stele; narrow circular base decorated with mouldings (a flat fillet separating two rounded mouldings above and below, separated by a carinated band: the upper fillet has an incised zig-zag); the stele splays outwards as it rises: two rows of superimposed acanthus leaves, the outer row has rounded tips, the inner row with angular tips; the stele is topped with another set of mouldings, repeating the round and flat patter as on the base; socket in the lower end presumably for attachment to a pillar; traces of red and black paint revealed during cleaning.
- Production date
- 750 BC-400 BC
Diameter: 29 centimetres (abacus)
Height: 54 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The function and date of the capital are unclear. It was found in a tomb along with what were described by the excavators as 'aski of the usual inferior red-figured style, black-glazed saucers with impressed patterns bearing symbols from the Greek and the Cypriot alphabets, etc, and a very crude stone statuette of a seated female figure' (Munro and Tubbs 1890, 29). This suggests the tomb was used down into the late fifth or even fourth centuries but its earliest use is unknown. An additional description of the statuette does not help to define the date of the figure more than the sixth to fourth centuries BC (Munro and Tubbs 1890, 32-3).
The floral decoration on the capital itself resembles motifs found in Phoencian art, on stone carings and ivory, so the object probably belongs within a Cypro-Archaic context.
The exact findspot of the capital in relation to the tomb is not stated, so it is uncertain if it was directly associated with the tomb chamber or simply found in the general area, or indeed was spolia taken from elsewhere. It may have supported a sculpture like other funerary columns of CA and CC date (Tatton-Brown 1986) but it is also possible that it was a votive pillar from a shrine located in the same area as the tomb.
Munro J. and Tubbs H. 1890, 'Excavations in Cyprus, 1889. Second season's work. Polis tes Chrysouchou, Limniti', Journal of Hellenic Studies 11, 1-99.
Tatton-Brown V. 1986, Gravestones of the Archaic and Classical periods: Local production and foreign influences, in ed. V. Karageorghis, Cyprus between the Orient and the Occident (Nicosia), 439-53.
- On display (G72)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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