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Fragment of a Wall Painting

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3976, Fragment of a Wall Painting, 1st century B.C. Ð 1st century A.D.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Roman
Material: Plaster
Dimensions: h. 7 5/8 in / 19.5 cm

This plaster fragment depicts a seated female sphinx. She holds ivy and ribbon in her front paw and has shading on her belly and legs. This piece would have been a part of a larger composition, probably one which included another sphinx facing her, perhaps holding the other end of the ivy chain. Wall paintings were common in wealthier households throughout ancient Rome, but the style and colouring of this fragment suggest it may have come from Campania.

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