Wall painting fragment with Gorgon mask


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.

Wall painting fragment with Gorgon mask, Fresco, Roman

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