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Wall painting fragment with Gorgon mask

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
ca. A.D. 14–68
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Fresco
Dimensions:
L. 8 in (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1892
Accession Number:
92.11.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This fragment with its rich and ornate design, comprising a Gorgon mask, a gold-colored vase, and a bird with outspread wings, is similar to other frescoes found in houses and villas in and around Pompeii. It also reveals some of the technical features of Roman wall painting, for the details were added a secco (on dry plaster) on top of the white fresco background.
Anderson, Maxwell. 1987. "Pompeian Frescos in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 45(3): p. 13, fig. 16.

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