Fresco of Bird and Dangling Grotesque Mask, Columbarium Vigna Codini

Illustration

Francesca Santoro L'hoir
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published on 19 October 2014

High up on the wall almost lost in the shadows above a loculus of this columbarium one can just make out the outlines of a bird walking on a flowered garland from which hangs a grotesque mask. The columbarium was excavated in 1852 CE. The epitaphs demonstrate that most of the slaves and freed slaves, who were extremely status conscious, were from the late Julio-Claudian period (during the reigns of Claudius and Nero).



About the Author

Francesca Santoro L'hoir
I am a former college professor and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1997.

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