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Clay column: E.173.1912

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Clay column




Clay column capital with traces of paint.

Clay column capital with traces of a red and white wash. The clay is nile silt and the capital has been made by a combination of moulding and also throwing on a wheel. The style is a form of 'Corinthian' with spirals perhaps imitating foliage rather than the spirals that are associated with the so-called Ionic form dating to the Greek and Roman periods. The object is said to have come from a church near Argin, North of the Wadi Halfa in Nubia and can be associated with a similar piece (E.174.1912) and also a shaft (E.171.1912).

Measurements and weight

Length: 0.24 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1912) by Somers Clarke, G.


Circa 300 CE - Circa 600 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.173.1912
Primary reference Number: 51514
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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