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Sensual swan fresco found by archaeologists in Pompeii

The swan is said to denote the god Jupiter who is impregnating Leda.

Archaeologists have found in an ancient Pompeii bedroom a fresco depicting a sensual scene of a queen of Sparta with a swan.

Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna told Italian news agency Ansa on Monday that the figure of Leda being impregnated by a swan representing Roman god Jupiter is a fairly common theme in Pompeii home decoration.

But he praised this fresco as exceptional since the female figure appears to look at whoever’s looking at the fresco.

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The fresco was discovered in Pompeii (Cesare Abbate/Ansa/AP)

Mr Osanna said: “Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced.”

The fresco was discovered on Friday during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city’s structures after rains and wear-and-tear in past years caused some ruins to collapse.

The flourishing ancient Roman city was buried by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

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