A large antique architectural fragment carved out of purple-red "Egyptian" or imperial porphyry in the form of a round pipe. The exact purpose of this piece is yet to be determined, although the use of this precious stone is a clear indication of its importance.
The term porphyry is from Ancient Greek : "πορφύρα" or porphyra and means "purple". Purple was the color of royalty, and the "imperial porphyry" was a deep purple igneous rock with large crystals of plagioclase. Some authors claimed the rock was the hardest known in antiquity. The emperor Nero had a bad made out of porphyry, which is now in the collection of the Vatican Museum.
Roman. 1st-3rd century A.D.
Dimensions: H 8.6cm ; outer diameter 18cm ; inner diameter 13.5cm ; thickness 2.5cm
Provenance: art & antique trade (BE)
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- Römisches Reich
- roter Porphyr
- rundes Rohr
- 8.6×18×18 cm
- Jahrhundert/ Zeitraum
- 1st-3rd century A.D.
- Guter Zustand, siehe Foto