Capital of the first column of the Northern colonnade
Marble. Severan age. Rome, Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls, basilica of Pelagius IIPhoto by Ilya Shurygin

Capital of the first column of the Northern colonnade.

Marble. Severan age.

Rome, Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls, basilica of Pelagius II
(Roma, Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, basilica di Pelagio II).

Reused capital of unknown origin.
In accordance with its significance, the building was furnished with high-quality spoils, which were inserted deliberately and following a certain order. The first column at the apse has a fluted shaft and an unusual figural capital of the Severan period, which instead of the volutes has victories on its corners and trophies in the middle. The column is set on a pedestal adorned with a cross, which dates to the foundation of the church. All the other columns, including those in the nartex, have shafts of Pavonazzetto and uniform Corinthian capitals of the second century.
Hugo Brandenburg.
Hugo Brandenburg. Ancient Churches of Rome from the Fourth to the Seventh Century. Brepolis Publishers N.V. 2005. P.237.
© 2012. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
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