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Wall painting from Room H of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale

Period:
Late Republican
Date:
ca. 50–40 B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Fresco
Dimensions:
Overall: 70 x 40 1/4in. (177.8 x 102.2cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1903
Accession Number:
03.14.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Standing woman holding a shield: from the grand triclinium. She is probably a seer predicting the birth of a male heir and future king. The image of a nude man wearing the white band that served as crown for Hellenistic rulers appears as a reflection in her shield.
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