Piece from a capital (abacus with decorated moulding). Reconstructed from two pieces

Frammento di capitello (abaco con modanature decorate). Ricomposto da due frammenti
From the Augustan Era 2 BC
Material and technique: 
Luna marble
FA 2800 e FA 2788

From the decoration inside the inner sanctuary 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.