In Graeco-Roman mythology the Peacock was identified with Juno (Hera) and was connected with immortality.
This is a fragment of Roman wall plaster featuring a painting of a peacock. It is one of the few partially intact fragments that were recovered during the excavations at Brading Roman Villa in 1881. The means were not developed or available at the time to adequately preserve the crumbling wall plaster when it was uncovered.
The Romans originally imported Peacocks from their native India, and bred them as exotic pets and to eat as a delicacy. In Graeco-Roman mythology the Peacock was identified with the goddess Juno (Hera) and was connected with immortality.
Domestic interiors of Roman houses were generally dark and claustrophobic, so bright painted walls, especially those with outdoor subjects brightened their living spaces.
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