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- Object: Arch of the Sergii at Pola
Illustration to Stuart and Revett's "The Antiquities of Athens" volume IV (London, 1816) chapter 3, plate I; view of the Porta Aurata, showing the Arch of the Sergii at Pola, with towers and walls of the city behind it; Stuart, Revett and an assistant on top of the arch, measuring it, while in the fields at the edge of the road in the left foreground, a Slavonian man, leaning on his axe, informs a group of local people that the foreigners are searching for hidden treasure; a woman on a pony and men with axes and muskets driving a laden cart drawn by four oxen proceed along the road from the town into the right foreground.
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Height: 281 millimetres
Width: 394 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Stuart, inscriptions on the arch indicate that it was commissioned by a noblewoman, Salvia Postuma Sergii, presumably in honour of three members of her family, since there are three pedestals which probably supported statues: he considered it extraordinary that no mention was made in the inscriptions either of the reigning Emperor or of public esteem for the people honoured. The arch became the southern gate of the city of Pola, known as the Porta Aurata and was apparently designed for that situation, given that the sculpture on the southern side is rough and unfinished unlike that on the side facing outwards.
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Associated Title: The Antiquities of Athens
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