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1897 Excerpt: ...many of them authentic "stones of Venice." In
front of the house the old well, which still serves, has a "pozzo,"
or well head, above it. This came from one of the old palaces in
Venice; it is in Istrian stone, finely carved, and it bears the
coat of arms of the family to whom it originally belonged; it is of
about 1490. Another, also in front of the house, is a more
interesting piece. This is the capital of an antique Roman
Corinthian column in white marble, which, in the Middle Ages, was
hollowed out and made to serve as a well head; it came from a
village on the site of the Roman City of Aquileia, near Venice, and
it was probably from a portico of one of the temples, or the
basilica of the city. One side is well preserved; this evidently
went against a wall, but the other side is much defaced and worn,
evidently from centuries of abrasion from buckets and pails. Near
the vinery will be found an antique Roman marble altar with a
finely cut inscription. This also was brought from Aquileia. The
purport of the inscription is to record the dedication of some
monument or other, probably a roadside shrine, to the local god
Belenus by an "Evocatus," or pensioned legionary soldier, by
permission of the authorities of Aquileia. It is interesting to
note that this altar, which was obtained by the late Mr. Cavendish
Bentinck in Venice, must have been preserved in some one of the
palaces of that city ever since the early part of the 16th century,
inasmuch as the inscription was published and known to scholars in
the year 1548. A number of sculptured capitals of columns, mostly
from Venice, are about the grounds; these form a series dating from
the 8th or 9th down to the end of the 16th century. There remains
now only one other object to ...
|Country of origin:
Dorset Natural History Society
||246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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