Beautifully painted in tones of dark red, gold, and green with gold floral detail.
Roman frescoes are the only surviving type of Roman painting, although literary references speak of painting on wood, ivory, and other materials. Frescoes were used to adorn the interiors of private homes in Roman cities and the countryside. Frescoes were applied to plaster walls while still wet, so that the pigment penetrated the plaster and became part of the wall, rather than just paint sitting on the surface.
Dimensions:Height: 8 inches (20.3 cm), Width: 7 1/2 inches (19 cm)
Condition: Fragmentary as described. Museum quality custom mount.
Provenance: Alex Malloy, NJ private collection since 1980's.