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'Oriental' pilaster and capital, carved in relief. Two cabled uprights with a central angular spine are carved in half relief on the pilaster. The square block comprising the capital has two palm-like leaves, each divided into three sections; between them is a large circle with a smaller circle below. The three-section leaf continues onto the left hand side of the block, whereas the right hand side has been finshed with diagonal tooling but not carved.
This object is likely to be of medieval or later medieval date so not from Roman Britain.
Diameter: 19 centimetres (Shaft)
Diameter: 22 centimetres
Height: 47 centimetres
Width: 18.50 centimetres (Shaft)
Width: 21.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- 'Caen stone; Middle Jurassic (Bathonian); Département Calvados; identified in thin section.....The carving is unparalleled in Roman Britain, suggesting foreign or post-Roman work.... Blagg sees Norman or later medieval characteristics in the carving, particularly the diagonal marks made by a broad chisel on the flat surfaces' (CSIR I, 10, p. 113).
- Not on display
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