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Pfeilerkapitell: Lebensbaum

Zyprisch, Eisenzeit, archaisch, 6. Jh. v. Chr.




This large fluted capital, which was discovered in the eastern part of the Idalion Acropolis, served as the crown for a sacred obelisk (stele). On the front are two Ionic flutes, which are separated by a simple triangle, within are representations of the sun and sickle moon. From the gusset of the capital rise one of six fluted Phoenician palms, which spread out into a fan of lotus blooms and papyrus. The upper, three-part end-piece consists of a band of vertical scored lines, between two rows of engraved triangles. The back of the pillar is unadorned, and only roughly worked. The fluted capital belongs to a series of monuments, which from the 7th to the 5th Centuries B. C., were placed primarily in the cemeteries of Idalion, Golgoi and Tamassos. It symbolizes the Egyptian/Oriental motif of the „Tree of Life.“

A. Bernhard-Walcher u. a., Die Sammlung zyprischer Antiken im KHM. Sammlungskataloge des KHM Bd. 2, Wien: 1999

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung Raum 1

Object data

Object Name





Eisenzeit, archaisch


6. Jh. v. Chr.


Idalion , Akropolis , Dhali, Zypern




H. 90 cm, B. 117 cm, T. 21 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung

Inv. No.

Antikensammlung, I 717


Ohnefalsch-Richter, Max; 1895 Kauf

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