Street shrine at IX.2.12, on north wall of Vicolo di Balbo between IX.2 and IX.1. December 2007.
Street shrine at IX.2.12, Pompeii. December 2005.
According to Breton, at the entry to the vicolo was a painting of two serpents, the most beautiful and the best preserved in Pompeii.
The painting is surmounted by a small lararium and many inscriptions.
See Breton, Ernest. 1855. Pompeia, decrite et dessine: Seconde édition . Paris, Baudry. (p. 315).
Street shrine at IX.2.12, Pompeii. 1966. Looking north-west to remains of painted altar.
Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.
Street shrine at IX.2.12 Pompeii. 1929 photo of lararium.
DAIR 1929.8764. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.
According to Fiorelli, at this point was a painting of two large serpents approaching a niche hollowed out of the wall.
Underneath was the effigy of the altar among luxurious plants.
Above the painting and continuing on the same wall, there remained various electoral programmes.
See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p. 142).
See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern. (F61).
See Helbig, W., 1868. Wandgemälde der vom Vesuv verschütteten Städte Campaniens. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel. (29).
Street shrine at IX.2.12, with remains of niche on north wall. December 2007.
Street altar on SW side of IX.2.12 on Vicolo di Balbo looking east from Via Stabiana.