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Marmo Africano Balls

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Specimen Marmo Africano balls on matching natural bases, antique, the bases with skilfully dished surfaces, (not machined), to reciprocate 

the circumference of the balls. Italian, early 19th century. Introduced to Rome by Lucius Lucinius Lucullus and thereafter used by the ancient  Romans, originally mined near the city of Teos, near Smyrna in Turkey. Used for flooring and wall coverings, basins and columns, at The Basilica Emilia, The Forum of Augustus, the Temple of Peace and the Pantheon, where a large block has been used to make the threshold. 

 

Approximately 3 inches in diameter. The highest almost 6 inches high.

Item Code: 3043

£ 795

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