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


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.