Relief Fragments Depicting a Seated Woman and a Griffin

A work made of stucco, pigment, and gold.
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  • A work made of stucco, pigment, and gold.

Date:

Early 1st century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Inside some Roman houses, baths, and tombs, multiple layers of slow-drying stucco were applied to rough stone walls and divided into panels that were then painted. While the surface was still damp, fresh stucco was applied and modeled into decorative motifs and figures, which were left white to contrast with the painted background. This relief panel and its partner (1922.4429) likely came from the same building. In this panel, a seated woman extends her right arm toward a slender griffin, a mythological winged beast with the body of a cat and the head of a bird.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Relief Fragments Depicting a Seated Woman and a Griffin

Origin

Italy

Date

1 AD–100 AD

Medium

Stucco, pigment, and gold

Dimensions

37.7 × 55.5 cm (14 7/8 × 21 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edith Healy Hill

Reference Number

1922.4428

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