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.)
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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.
Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus

Engaged Capital with Windblown Acanthus


Byzantium, Northern Syria, Byzantine period, 5th century

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