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The Monastery of Apollo at Bawit - Composite Capital


A decorated arch from Bawit

This is a composite capital carved with stylized acanthus leaves which still bear traces of green coloring. The base is decorated with rosettes, quatrefoils and meandering patterns. The capital's base is formed into a shallow "basket" carved with quatrefoils and meandering patterns. These different elements are in harmony. Acanthus branches spring from the base, and in the lower section they are arranged in sets of three, of which the middle one is the largest. They retain little of their natural appearance as the tips droop pronouncedly. The other branches are longer and more stylized, leaving a considerable part of the background visible, where the dark green paint enhances the effect of the relief. This piece dates to the 6th century.

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