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Archivolt from the Cathedral of Alife, Italy

Archivolt from the Cathedral of Alife, Italy

Culture Group: Italian
Culture: Italian
Date: 12th century
Medium: Marble
Dimensions:
A): 49 1/2 x 10 x 5 1/2 inches (125.7 x 25.4 x 14 cm)
B): 31 x 15 x 6 inches (78.7 x 38.1 x 15.2 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: The Brummer Collection
Label Text:This archivolt, or semi-circular molding, was placed over one of the doorways of the church at Alife in southern Italy, near Capua.

The carving on the reverse of the arch dates to the Roman period and has been identified as a depiction of a standing muse of the "Munich Klio" type. Despite their pagan origins, Roman marble from statuary and architecture were often appropriated for practical reasons, such as the quality of the stone and its proximity to the new building site.
Provenance: Pietro Tozzi, New York, NY. Purchased on March 6, 1928 by Joseph [1883-1947] Brummer; Offered in the Joseph Brummer Collection sale Part III, Parke-Bernet, New York NY, 1949, no. 586. By inheritance to Ernest Brummer's wife, Ella Brummer; purchased 1966 by Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 1966.10.2
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