This Romanesque carved marble column is dated to the 12th-13th century and is most likely to have originated in northern Italy. It is made of white Verona marble and the capital is carved decoratively on all corners, indicating that it would have been placed in a central vantage point rather than against a wall.
In Romanesque architecture, columns were an important element both for structure and as a decorative element used with arches as the structural basis for many important churches and private houses.
The decorative style was taken from the ruins of traditional Roman architecture and then reused as a form of stylistic unification for later buildings. These structures are characterized by the repetitive use of arches and columns of different sizes and designs.
This piece is a perfect example of the production of this period, this column most probably adorned the outer walls of a building. It has a simple square base, a smooth carved shaft and an ornamental capital.
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