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Pilaster - Pilaster


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    end of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble, carved

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This marble pilaster is carved in relief with a pattern of delicate floral scrollwork springing from a verticle stem. On either side at the bottom there is a bird and a lizard.

A pilaster is a column built into or applied to the face of a wall. The pilaster is an architectural element in classical architecture. It primarily has an ornamental function and is used to give the appearance of a supporting column.

Physical description

Pilaster, marble, carved in relief with a pattern of delicatie floral scrollwork spring from a vertical stem; on either side near the bottom are a bird and a lizard.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


end of 15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Marble, carved


Height: 29.25 in, Width: 5.625 in

Object history note

Bought for £10. 3s.

Descriptive line

Pilaster, marble, carved, floral scrollwork, bird, lizard, Italian, end of 15th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1894. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1895. pp. 46





Subjects depicted

Lizard; Scroll-work; Bird


Sculpture Collection

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