We have reproduced four designs of delicately painted images from ancient Roman frescoes on coasters made of tumbled Botticino marble, which mimics the texture of a plaster wall from antiquity. Each has a detail from a fresco fragment in the collection of the museum at the Getty Villa. Each coaster is 4" square and has a cork back. Made in the U.S.A.
Fresco painting was one of the most popular methods of wall decoration in ancient Rome. A wall would first be covered with fresh plaster. Pigments were then dissolved in water and applied to wet plaster. The combination of minerals in the pigment and carbon dioxide in the air created a solid surface upon drying. Ancient fresco painting yields colorful, enduring works of art, which crack due to the settling of building walls.
Peacock - Fresco Fragment with Peacock: This reproduction of a Roman fresco from about 70 A.D. in the museum's Antiquities collection depicts a peacock perched atop a dark red fence. Native to India, peacocks were imported into Rome and bred there as exotic pets, sacred animals, and extravagant delicacies. Peacock - CSTFRP
Cupids - Fresco Fragment with Cupids and Psyche Making Perfume: This reproduction of a Roman fresco from the third quarter of the 1st century A.D. in the museum's Antiquities collection depicts a Cupid holding an alabastron of perfume, while a seated Psyche holds up her arm to smell the fragrance. Cupid - CSTFRC
Nike - Wall Fragment with Winged Female (Nike) on Black Ground: This reproduction of a Roman fresco from about 70 A.D. in the museum's Antiquities collection portrays Nike, the Greek goddess of victory with her wings extended while holding two garlands. Nike - CSTFRN
Dionysos - Nude but for the drapery swirling around them, Bacchus and his consort Ariadne walk with arms entwined against a plain white background, as if floating. Ariadne lifts a ceremonial drinking horn called a rhyton, while Bacchus carries a wine cup called a kantharos. Dionysos - CSTFRD