In Antiquity 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 finely painted with pigment. As well as pleasing patterns, as these pieces offer, popular scenes from mythology were often used in decoration.
Pompeii Plaster Fragment with Pigments
A wall plaster fragment from Pompeii, decorated with dark brown pigment and displaying circular and swirling designs.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of aging on the surface.