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  3.1 Fresco with Nilotic scene
     

 

 
Painted plaster; 38 x 141 cm
Naples, MAN; inv. 8561
Herculaneum
Augustan - Third Style


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. At the right, on a small island, a hippopotamus advances toward the water, where there is a large duck.
     
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