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Labrum base with lion paws at the corners.

A protruding disc tops the marble base, under which a truncated cone rests on a square pedestal made of two superposed steps that create a profile between them. Four lion paws emerge at the corners of the profile.

The base was perhaps intended to hold basins similar to the ones recovered from the wreck of Punta Scifo A, even though another function cannot be ruled out.

The artefact presents in various parts a visible degradation in the form of holes with variable diameters, clearly caused by boring sponges. Such a phenomenon is mostly localized at the corners of the base.

Orsi P. 1921, Crotone. Nuove scoperte subacquee di marmi in parte scritti a Punta Scifo, in Notizie degli Scavi, pp. 493-496.

Pensabene P. 1978, A cargo of marble shipwrecked at Punta Scifo near Crotone (Italy), IJNA 7.2, pp. 114, figg. 5

MUSAS Ref. No.CAPCOL-09Dimensionsh. m 0.50, h. of base plinth m 0.14, side of the base plinth m 0.76, h. of the first step of the base plinth m 0.068, upper base diam. m 0.50, upper base thickness m 0.08.MaterialsSynnadic marble (Pavonazzetto).LocationSandpit in the National Archaeological Museum of Capo ColonnaOriginWreck of Punta Scifo ADatingEnd of III – early IV century A.D.Share