Romanesque capital by Unknown Artist

This capital is of fine-grained Caen stone.


Caen stone
41 x 38 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £6,250)
Acquired in:

Each face is carved with inhabited scrollwork, and on the band below the neck, as well as on the chamfered portion of the abacus, there are patterns of interlace. It must have come from Reading Abbey whose capitals, together with those in the crypt at Canterbury, are of great importance in illustrating the revival of sculpture in southern England during the first half of the 12th century.


Reading Abbey

Venue details

Reading Museum Town Hall, Blagrave Street, READING Berkshire RG1 1QH 0118 937 3400

Entry details

Free to all

Tue – Sat, 10am – 4pm
Closed 24 Dec – 2 Jan

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