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Fresco panel

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The panel shows fantastic architecture on black ground. A coffered ceiling is upheld by Ionic columns. On the roof appears a leopard; in the field, a griffin; and above, a bird on garland. The fresco has been executed in the Third Style of Campanian wall painting.


1901-1902: 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; by date unknown: with Mr. Marcillini, Naples; purchased from Mr. Marcillini by Joseph Brummer; by 1925: with Brummer Gallery, Inc., 55 East 57th Street, New York; purchased by MFA from Brummer Gallery, Inc., March 5, 1925, for $ 5,805.00 (the total price for MFA 25.44-25.47)

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Richard Norton Memorial Fund

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


near Pompeii, Campania, Italy


Height x width: 149 x 69.5 cm ( 58 11/16 x 27 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World