Fragment, Marble, Roman
64 BCE-198 CE
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Many domestic buildings respond to practical needs, yet they also reflect social and public lives and aspirations of their owner/occupiers. 'Keeping up with your neighbours' has a long antiquity, felt even by many ancient people, who usd their houses to signal rank, wealth and success.
Coloured marbles were incorporated into buildings to eye-catching effect. Demand for coloured marbles became so intense that it formed a profitable, highly organised and extensive trade – yellow marble was sourced from Tunisia, and green and red marble from Greece. This piece with its eyecatching pattern would have made a sophisticated design statement.