A smaller, earlier, carved cork model in Piraneseum’s collection, whose subject is Rome’s Pyramid of Caius Cestius. This highly-wrought replica (note the Latin text on the sloping masonry face) dates to the late 18th century. Its maker is, as yet, unidentified. While there were a couple of relatively large Roman studios in this period making cork architectural models, there was also an abundance of small, anonymous shops. The Optium Museum Acrylic® cube is intended as a counterpoint to the ancient monument’s strict geometry.
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