Wall-painting with stylized lilies (01449)
Exhibition room: I.2 Secular life
Date: 5th-6th c.
Provenance: National Garden in Athens
Delicate shoots ending in spirals which resemble lilies are depicted in the wall-painting. They have been picked out in scarlet on the light coloured lime plaster. The wall-painting was detached from the wall of a room in a large built complex discovered in the north-east corner of the National Garden near Herod Atticus St. in Athens. Its considerable size and lavish construction permit us to suppose that it was probably a public building. Four of the fifteen rooms which were excavated were decorated with wall-paintings. The building dates back to the 2nd century, but the wall-paintings belong to the last phase of its construction in the 5th-6th century.