Wall painting fragment

Date: 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Fresco

Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 11 3/8in. (31.8 x 28.9cm)

Classification: Miscellaneous-Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1892

Accession Number: 92.11.10

Description

This charming fragment, depicting a bird surrounded by ivy leaves, is painted with loose, quick brushstrokes unlike the more careful and mannered work of most Pompeian wall paintings. It may have come from a house or, more probably, a tomb, but its origin is unknown. Such types of interior decoration continued throughout the Roman period; for example, well-preserved frescoes of the mid-third century A.D. have been uncovered in houses at Ephesus in Asia Minor (Turkey).

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