High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles The Tomb of the Diver is
an important archaeological monument, found by the Italian
archaeologist Mario Napoli on 3 June 1968 during his excavation of
a small necropolis about 1.5 km south of the Greek city of Paestum
in Magna Graecia, now southern Italy. The tomb is now displayed in
the museum at Paestum.It is a grave made of five local limestone
slabs forming the four lateral walls and the roof, the floor being
excavated in the natural rock ground. The five slabs, accurately
bonded with plaster, formed a chamber sized - roughly - 215 x 100 x
80 cm (7.1 x 3.3 x 2.6 ft). All five slabs forming the monument
were painted on the interior sides using a true fresco technique.
The paintings on the four walls depict a symposium scene, while the
cover slab shows the famous scene that gives the tomb its name: a
young man diving into a curling and waving stream of water. Two
masters have been distinguished, the south wall being by a less
impressive artist than the others.
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