Description These decorative columns probably came from a ciborium or pulpit. The capital is a stylized version of an antique capital, many of which were re-used in a somewhat earlier period. The inlaid glass and stone fragmnets that decorate the column-- called "cosmati" decoration-- is typical of central and southern Italian design and occurs on columns, facades, tombs and even floors (stone inlay). The column bases are modern.
Provenance [Said to be from a church in Avezzano destroyed by an earthquake in 1915]; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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