Ceremonial Front
original west front

Scrolling Acanthus Relief at lower-left

The print at left below, based on research at the time of the 1937-38 reconstruction, shows the few original pieces of this relief that have survived. The other portions are reconstructions and casts based on other surviving portions of the extensive vegetal friezes of the altar. Althought the casts are of high quality, their relatively flat, unmodulated surfaces contrast with the subtlety and refinement of the original marble carvings.