Materials: Painted plaster
Dimensions: 38 x 141 cm
Setting: Naples, MAN; inv. 8561
Provenance: Herculaneum
Date: Augustan - Third Style

Fresco with Nilotic scene

This long frieze represents a Nilotic landscape with fauna and flora that were typical in that environment: in the centre, there are huts and small buildings of rushes and of brush, with palms and nelumbo flowers (a genus of water-lily), bordered on the left with an enclosure through which is visible an approaching crocodile. On a small island, a hippopotamus advances toward the water, where there are some ducks.