Source: J. Paul Getty Museum
Among the fresco panels and fragments from ‘a wealthy Roman’s seaside villa in the area of the Bay of Naples’ acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1983 from Palladion Antike Kunst is this panel with two fish (inv. 83.AG.222.9). Someone appears, at some point prior to acquisition, to have tried to cut a square panel from the fragment. Why would they want to damage the panel in that way?