Piece of the corbelled cornice (curved upper edge or sima with rainwater spout shaped like a lion's head)

Frammento di cornice con mensole (fascia sagomata terminale superiore, o sima, con gocciolatoio a forma di testa di leone)
From the Augustan Era: 2 BC
Material and technique: 
Luna marble
FA 2574

From the exterior order (peristyle) of the Temple of Mars Ultor in the Forum of Augustus

The hall

Decorazione esterna del Tempio di Marte Ultore

The Temple of Mars Ultor is generally held to be the first time that the Corinthian order was used in Roman architecture. Supported by an unusually high podium (3.55 m) made out of large blocks of Grottascura tufa stone faced in white Luna marble, the huge external order is anchored to the walls in square blocks and, as in many other buildings in the Forum, the constituent parts of the trabeation are made of several different sections.