Decorated composite column base

Base composita decorata di colonna
From the Augustan Era 2 BC
Material and technique: 
Plaster cast with moulds of original pieces (1988)
FA 2516

From the first order of the decoration inside the cella in the Temple of Mars Ultor in the Forum of Augustus

The hall

Decorazione interna del Tempio di Marte Ultore

As one moves away from the white marble of the outside of the temple and beyond the pronaos (the space in front of the inner sanctuary), one is greeted by the colours of the strips of polychrome marble paving. Continuing on into the cella, which is accessed by a large doorway, the magnificence of the various coloured marbles and the detail of the decorative elements is immediately apparent.