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Title: Zebrapatterns in Campanian wall painting: a matter of function
Author(s): LAKEN, Lara
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 78    Date: 2003   
Pages: 167-189
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.78.0.503926

Abstract :
Zebrapatterns are paintings with black and white stripes, usually covering the lower zone of a wall and often divided in panels reminiscent of marble imitation. They were in use in the Vesuvius area during the second half of the first century AD. Because they mainly appear in passage rooms, they have previously rarely been described and are generally thought to be secondary decoration, restricted to service areas. Thorough study of the pattern within its spatial context however leads to a different point of view: zebrapatterns were used in the first place to define public or common space.

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