Capital with Acanthus and Crosses


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

These capitals - the Capital with Acanthus and Crosses and the Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus - may have been found in Northern Syria and presumably come from a large and important church. Both capitals are decorated with leaves of acanthus, a fleshy plant with jagged leaves native to the Mediterranean area. One capital is symmetrical with crosses in its ornament, the other is asymmetrical and gives the impression of windblown leaves.

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  • Title: Capital with Acanthus and Crosses
  • Date Created: 400s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 53.4 x 75 x 76.2 cm (21 x 29 1/2 x 30 in.)
  • Provenance: (J. J. Klejman, New York).
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1969.110
  • Medium: limestone
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Byzantium, Northern Syria, Byzantine period, 5th century
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: MED - Byzantine
  • Accession Number: 1969.110

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