Nov 5, 2012

Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus

Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus



Overall: 51.1 x 76.9 x 75 cm (20 1/8 x 30 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.)

Weight: 157.396 kg (347 lbs.)

John L. Severance Fund 1969.111


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.

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email