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Relief Fragments Depicting a Seated Woman and a Griffin

A work made of stucco, pigment, and gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


Early 1st century



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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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Relief Fragments Depicting a Seated Woman and a Griffin


Italy (Object made in)

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1 CE–100 CE


Stucco, pigment, and gold


37.7 × 55.5 cm (14 7/8 × 21 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Edith Healy Hill

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