Corinthian Asian-style capital


Mev, Museu d'Art Medieval

Mev, Museu d'Art Medieval
Vic, Spain

This type of capital derives from the Corinthian-style ones with S-shaped volutes that are found in Italy from the time of Antoninus. It is well preserved and was emptied out and reused as a holy water stoup probably in the church of Sant Francesc. Around the 'kalathos' there is a crown of four thorny acanthus leaves. The leaves are divided into five sharp-pointed lobes, angular in section. In the middle of each side, between the bottom of the leaves, there is an ovolo from where two volutes stem; the spiral rests on the acanthus leaves. Between the volutes, and in a triangular space, there are two small helices. In the centre of the sides of the abacus, there is a leaf-shaped motif. Intense drilling work has been done that gives the piece shade and depth. An elementary angular finish has allowed us to date it to a late period.


  • Title: Corinthian Asian-style capital
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 0300/0400
  • Location Created: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: w36 x h28 x d36 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Archaeology
  • Rights: © Museu Episcopal de Vic, photographer: Joan M. Díaz
  • External Link: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Medium: White marble
  • Style Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Style: Roman
  • Provenance Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Provenance: From Vic (Osona)
  • Medium Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Description Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Description Extent: Complete

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