The Marbles - Area 9 - Pavonazzetto (marmor phrygium)

Panel 104 - Location

Pavonazzetto marble, extracted from the quarries of Phrygia from the mid-Augustan period (late 1st century BC – early 1st century AD), was counted among the most prized marbles and was prevalently used for sculpture groups: prominent among these were the statues of subjugated Barbarians (also known as Phrygians), to which the use of this marble was well-suited.

Panel 104 - Figure 1Sample of pavonazzetto marble from the Podesti Collection
(Pensabene P., Bruno M. 1998)
Panel 104 - Figure 2Sample of pavonazzetto marble from the Podesti Collection
(Pensabene P., Bruno M. 1998)

Revetment panels – for the production of which the stepped blocks were destined – adorned important public buildings, whilst column shafts, like those of the Capitolium in Ostia, embellished Imperial architecture.

Panel 104 - Figure 3View of the quarry of Bacakale at Iscehisar
(Bruno M. 2010)

The four- and two-lobed columns (A, O), to be separated once they reached their destination, illustrate means of safe transport.

Panel 104 - Figure 4Rome. Dacians in pavonazzetto marble from the Forum of Trajan on the north attic of the Arch of Constantine
(Bruno M. 2008)
Panel 104 - Figure 5Naples, Archaeological Museum. Kneeling barbarian in pavonazzetto marble from the Farnese Collection
(Castellani S. 2002)

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