(Italian: “little onion”). A type of white marble with green streaks, quarried near Karystos, Greece. First used in ancient Greece, cipollino was exported widely in the Mediterranean region starting in the first century BCE.
Detail of cipollino column from the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, Rome. 308-312 CE.
Cipollino columns, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Rome. Begun 141 CE.