Selection of Pompeian Fresco Fragments

A nice selection of fragments of a fresco uncovered in Pompeii, featuring some well-preserved pigments depicting circular patterns with plant inspired motifs on a white background.

Date: Circa 1st century BC - 1st century AD
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing on the surface.
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Frescoes are paintings made on fresh plaster, which are then frozen and protected by the drying process of the plaster. They covered the walls of most Ancient Roman houses and compensated for the lack of space and lighting they could suffer from. However, they have rarely survived until modern times. It is actually Pompeii that provides us with some of the best samples of wall decorations, as the ashes that covered them after the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD protected them from natural erosion and oxidation.

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Reference: For a similar item, The J. Paul Getty Museum, item 83.AG.222.36