Phrygian marble

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A pale yellow marble with purple veins. Pavonazzetto marble was quarried in Docimium (central Phrygian) in Asia Minor and thus was called Phrygian marble by the Romans. It was used for many Roman buildings, including the Basilica, from the late first century BCE to the mid 2nd century CE.

Synonyms and Related Terms

pavonazzetto marble; pavonazzo; cream Pavonazzo

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Janet Burnett Grossman, Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2003

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