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Painted sheet depicting women dressing and applying make-up (123929)

Painted sheet depicting women dressing and applying make-up (123929)

The fresco, which covers the three blocks of the head of the tomb, portrays a scene which is frequently used in Campanian funerary painting and is typical of the decoration of female burials: the grooming and dressing preparations undertaken by women. To the right, seated on a throne, is the dead woman shown in three-quarter view: her hair is gathered in a red and brown bun, she wears a long white tunic gathered at the waist by a gilded belt from which hangs a white band with red edging and decoration in the same color, and a red cape fastened at the base of the neck. She holds up a golden mirror to her face. On the lefthand side of the composition is the standing figure of a young handmaid, dressed in a white tunic with red decoration; in her right hand, she holds an alabastron containing perfumed oils, while in the other hand she holds a kalathos full of pomegranates, which in funerary symbolism represented rebirth, and which are painted in pairs behind the dead woman. The scene is set in a room whose wall is divided horizontally into two zones, the lower one red and the upper one white, separated by a frieze of flowing waves. From a technical point of view, it is interesting to note the use of foreshortening, a sign that the advances in perspective made by Greek art had been absorbed in the Samnite area.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: scena di toletta
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: Will form part of a future display, first floor, rooms CXXI - CXXIII
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  PRVS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Pozzuoli
  Località: Cuma
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 123929
  INVD: 1863 post
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 176
  Width: 163
  Length: 186
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Ruggiero, Sogliano 1891, pp. 5-7; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 1, n. 1, p. 124; De Caro 1994, p. 49; De Caro 1999, p. 174; Caputo 2000; Glycera 2004, n. 27, p. 21.