Wyrtig

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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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 Fresco from the Villa of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii


Photo by S. Bolognini, Wikimedia Commons

This fresco from the Villa of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii shows several examples of popular garden art:

  • Basin, at the top - Basins were used for fountains and birdbaths

  • Oscilli - Painted masks, plaques, and disks that were hung from porticos and arches, where they caught the breeze and gently turned

  • Garlands - Hung between columns, or live, climbing plants trained as swags; vines were also trained along trellises and up trees

  • Pinax - A painting, mounted on a herm, easel, or post

  • Urns - Sometimes plain; also used as flower pots, and some gardens had water piped to fountains in urns

 

 

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