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Cupid Fresco Music Box

Art and music combine in this charming music box. The outer paper box features a detail from a 1st century A.D. Roman fresco fragment in collection the Getty Villa Museum, Fresco Fragment with Cupids and Psyche Making Perfume. Inside, a high-quality sound mechanism is mounted on a resonance board for sound quality. The melody "Claire de Lune" by Claude Debussy plays when the hand crank is turned.

- Box dimensions: 2.25 inches x 1.75 x 1.25 inches
- Made in China
- Item#: GMB10

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.