Piece of the upper block of a corbelled cornice (shaped end of the upper fascia known as a sima)

Frammento di cornice con mensole, blocco superiore (fascia sagomata terminale superiore, o sima).
From the Trajan Era: 113 AD
Material and technique: 
Luna marble
Caesar's Forum
FC 3528

Piece of the upper block of a corbelled cornice, upper slab (shaped end of the upper fascia called sima). From the external order (peristyle) of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in Caesar's Forum

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Decorazione esterna del Tempio di Venere Genitrice

Two adjoining rooms are home to pieces of the exterior decoration of the temple. These panels, each depict a variation of the same scene: cherub-like figures holding up garlands and sacrificing bulls (tauroctony). 
The Temple of Venus Genetrix was embellished by extremely delicate decorative elements such as the reconstructed lesene displayed in the room, decorated with vine tendrils, and a piece from the corbelled cornice of the external trabeation, in which the original decorations along the sima are still intact.