Culture: ROMAN/ BYZANTINE.
Date: 6TH - 7TH CENTURY AD.
Material: PLASTER/ GYPSUM.
Provenance: EX: EARLY PRIVATE COLLECTION.
Condition: INTACT, SET IN A LIGHT CEMENT.
Measurements: 31 INCHES HIGH, (79 CMS), 30 INCHES WIDE, (76 CMS).
Depicting a cross and an animal. A very rare depiction and well preserved fresco, (wall paintings). Generally frescos are well sought after and command high premiums in auctions.
Cf: For a closely similar example. see pp 418 - 420, Decade, A Decade of Archeology and History in the Lebanon, Claude Doumet-Serhal, for other frescas but with different depictions, compare to lot 578, Christie's New York Antiquities Auction, 7 December 2000, (featured on front cover with a flying eros), also lots 29/30, Bonham's London Antiquities Auction, 29 April 2009,