Plaster Fragment from Pompeii


A wall plaster fragment from Pompeii of a large size. The fragment appear to be decorated with dark brown paint on circular and swirling designs.

Period: Circa 1st century A.D
Condition: Fine condition with signs of aging on the surface


Fresco was used to ornament walls, including those of the villae urbanae (house of wealthy citizens), and those of public and religious places, like baths and temples. The plaster would have been carefully built up to as many as seven layers in the wealthiest houses, and then painted with pigment. As well as pleasing patterns, as these pieces offer, popular scenes from mythology were often used in decoration.


Weight 137 g
Dimensions W 7.6 x H 6.6 cm