Woman (Maenad?) holding a dish. Peacock and fruit
Ca. 1—79 CE.
81.1 × 77.2 × 7.9 cm.
Inv. No. 83.AG.222.4.2.Los Angeles, John Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa in Malibu

Woman (Maenad?) holding a dish. Peacock and fruit.

Ca. 1—79 CE.
81.1 × 77.2 × 7.9 cm.
Inv. No. 83.AG.222.4.2.

Los Angeles, John Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa in Malibu

Origin:
Antike Kunst Palladion (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.
Description:
One of two colorful fresco fragments (see also 83.AG.222.2) that once decorated the same wall. A draped female figure holds a metal dish, standing within an arbor. In keeping with the theme of the two frescoes, she may be identified as a maenad—a follower of the wine god Bacchus. In a separate scene underneath her are pieces of fruit on either side of a peacock, an exotic bird kept in the gardens of wealthy Romans. The fruit includes a bunch of grapes and pomegranates—symbols of fertility and rebirth. The bright red border framing both the figure and the scene below has a rectangular panel with stucco imitation (white silhouettes on a blue background) inserted along the top. Parts of the white background of the wall are visible. This fresco likely decorated a room in a Roman villa.
Literature:
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), p. 220.
Credits:
(cc) 2019. Photo, text: The J. Paul Getty Museum (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.
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