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This fresco has fantastic architecture on black ground. An Ionic entablature is supported by two columns, crossed at the outer corner of the architrave by an extended architrave joined by openwork panel, from which hangs a decorated drum or tambourine. Above, on the architrave corner is a...

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1901-1902: presumably excavated by Gennaro Matrone in a room on the south side of the peristyle of the villa of the Contrada Bottaro, located a half mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted to Gennaro Matrone by the Italian government; purchased for $ 3,750.00 (the total price for MFA 38.733 and 38.734)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 14–62


near Pompeii, Campania, Italy


Height x width: 116.4 x 1.10 cm (45 13/16 x 43 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World