Roman Fresco Fragment with Nilotic Landscape

Illustration

Arienne King
by Getty Museum
published on 13 July 2018

This fragment of a Roman fresco was made in Italy c. 1-79 CE and depicts a Nilotic setting. Images of scenes set on the Nile became increasingly popular after the 1st Century BCE as a kind of Egyptomania gripped the Roman Empire. This scene portrays a crocodile approaching a small figure in a boat, possibly a pigmy, with a thatched hut and colonnaded bridge in the background.

The fragment is part of the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

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