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This object is currently on display in room 105 as part of Mr. Pergolesi's Curious Things.

 

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  • We acquired this object.

2022

Book Illustration, L’antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures, vol. II, pt 1: Le culte des Grecs et des Romains, 1719

This is a book illustration. It was written by Bernard de Montfaucon. It is dated 1719. It is a part of the department.

Pergolesi based many of his ornament designs on illustrations found in this 15-volume encyclopedia of the ancient world, compiled and published in the early 18th century. The antiquities the book represents are generally authentic; their use, however, is not always correctly identified. In this case, the encyclopedia illustrates three views of a tripod identified as a three-sided Roman altar dedicated to the god Mars. The actual marble object, probably made in the 1st century CE, is in fact the base of a candelabrum, not an altar. Several ancient versions of this tripod survive, including examples in the British Museum in London, England, and the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 45 × 61 cm (17 11/16 in. × 24 in.)

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