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Ionic Column Capital 5th Century BC

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Ionic Column Capital 5th Century BC

This Ionic Column Capital dates from the 5th Century BC and has traces of painted decoration. It was found at the Ancient Greek Agora. The Ionic Capital and Column are one of the three classical orders of classical architecture, the other two orders being the Doric and the Corinthian. The Ionic capital is characterised by the use of volutes – the spiral, the scroll-like ornament that forms the basis of the Ionic order.

The Ionic columns usually stand on a base which separates the shaft of the column from the platform. The Ionic order originated in the mid-6th century BC in Ionia, the southwestern coastland and islands of Asia Minor settled by Ionian Greeks. The Ionic order column became common in mainland Greece by the 5th century BC.

Ionic Column Capital 5th Century BC

  • Name:             Ionic Column Capital 5th Century BC
  • Date:               5th Century BCE
  • Material:         Marble
  • City:                Athens
  • Country:         Greece
  • Museum:        Museum of the Ancient Agora

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