Fresco panel

Imperial Period
about A.D. 14–62

Findspot: Italy, Campania, near Pompeii, Villa of the Contrada Bottaro


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)


The Ancient World



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 (d. 1927) in a room on the south side of the peristyle of the Contrada Bottaro Villa, about a half-mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted by the Italian State to Gennaro Matrone. October 30, 1924, sold by Prof. U. Marcellini (dealer), Naples, to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock nos. P1429-P1432); 1925, sold by Brummer Gallery to the MFA for $5805 [see note]. (Accession Date: March 5, 1925)

NOTE: MFA accession nos. 25.44 – 25.47 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Richard Norton Memorial Fund