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IX.1.7 Pompeii. House of Paccius Alexander.

Excavated 1853, 1856 and 1866. (Strada Stabiana 78).

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According to Fiorelli,

“the house that followed had a long entrance corridor, at the end of which was the latrine: then followed the spacious corridor, with the stairs to the upper floor, leading into the atrium with, to the right, the lararium on its wall, and a recess for a wooden cupboard.  On the left was the triclinium, beautifully decorated with a painting that showed a sitting Vulcan, with the shield of Achilles on his legs supported by one of his cyclops, in the act of showing it to Thetis, who sees her image reflected. A companion of the goddess, seated behind her, looks at it carefully, another follower of the god works on the helmet, and on the floor already made, was the body-armour and greaves.

Other than the mentioned painting, also seen on the walls were, a bust of Silenus crowned with ivy, with thyrsus and the cup, and above the head of a bacchante now almost vanished. A bust of Hercules, bearded and with a crown of ivy, with the club and lion skin, having Omphale at his side;  Psyche in deer chariot, driven by a Cupid on foot, and followed by another Psyche; two winged Victories, one with trophy on its shoulder, the other holding the rudder, and in the upper architecture were two figurines that were preparing food for two peacocks.

In front of the triclinium was the garden, having its main entrance from the atrium, at the rear of which were two cubicula, one of which contained the stairs to climb to the kitchen with a cupboard below, there was also a narrow tablinum, adorned with the painting of a dove with its beak in a jewel coffer, near to which was another necklace.”

See Fiorelli, G., (1875). Descrizione di Pompei, (p.368-9)

See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.137-8)

See Gallo, A. (2001). Pompei, L’Insula I della Regione IX, Settore Occidentale, (SAP book no.1), (general p.19-22, wall and floor decorations p.41-7, and domestic utensils (p.60-1)

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Entrance on Via Stabia.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Entrance on Via Stabiana.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2006.  Entrance.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2006. Entrance.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.   December 2004.  Entrance fauces. Looking east.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2004. Entrance fauces. Looking east.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Corridor leading from entrance to atrium.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Corridor leading from entrance to atrium.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Remains of stone stairs on north wall of corridor.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Remains of stone stairs on north wall of corridor.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Remains of impluvium in atrium.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Remains of impluvium in atrium.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Three niches on south wall of atrium..

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Three recesses on south wall of atrium.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Three niches on south wall of atrium.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Three recesses on south wall of atrium.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Three niches on south wall of atrium.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Three recesses on south wall of atrium.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii. 1966. Three recesses on south wall of atrium. 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.
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IX.1.7 Pompeii. 1966. Three recesses on south wall of atrium. 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.

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IX.1.7 Pompeii.  Three niches on south wall of atrium.  Old undated photograph courtesy of Society of Antiquaries: Fox Collection.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. Three recesses on south wall of atrium.

Old undated photograph courtesy of Society of Antiquaries: Fox Collection.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Lararium on south wall of atrium.
According to Boyce,there was a heavy masonry ledge above the panel painted to represent a block of red and yellow variegated marble, bordered in red. It was supported by twin scrolls and ornamented with several bands of stucco relief. On the masonry ledge were the bases of four delicate half-columns, two on each side of an arched niche.
A heavy gable roof used to project from the wall. Within the niche a polychrome stucco cornice runs around the middle of the walls, dividing them into sections, the upper one painted red, the lower one painted blue. On the blue background of the lower section are human figures in stucco relief – now poorly preserved. The arched ceiling is fitted with a shell of stucco. Around the curve of the arch on the wall outside runs another stucco cornice.
See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.79, and Pl.6,1).

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Lararium on south wall of atrium.

According to Boyce, there was a heavy masonry ledge above the panel painted to represent a block of red and yellow variegated marble, bordered in red.

It was supported by twin scrolls and ornamented with several bands of stucco relief.

On the masonry ledge were the bases of four delicate half-columns, two on each side of an arched niche.

A heavy gable roof used to project from the wall.

Within the niche a polychrome stucco cornice runs around the middle of the walls, dividing them into sections, the upper one painted red, the lower one painted blue.

On the blue background of the lower section are human figures in stucco relief – now poorly preserved.

The arched ceiling is fitted with a shell of stucco. Around the curve of the arch on the wall outside runs another stucco cornice.

See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.79, and Pl.6,1).

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Niche with stucco of a shell and figures.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Niche with stucco of a shell and figures.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  Niche with stucco of a shell and figures.  Detail from old undated photograph courtesy of Society of Antiquaries: Fox Collection.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. Niche with stucco of a shell and figures.

Detail from old undated photograph courtesy of Society of Antiquaries: Fox Collection.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Detail of niche with stucco of a shell and figures. According to Giacobello, the stucco figures are of Aphrodite and Eros on a seahorse. See Giacobello, F., 2008. Larari Pompeiani: Iconografia e culto dei Lari in ambito domestico.  Milano: LED Edizioni. (p.247).

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Detail of niche with stucco of a shell and figures.

According to Giacobello, the stucco figures are of Aphrodite and Eros on a seahorse.

See Giacobello, F., 2008. Larari Pompeiani: Iconografia e culto dei Lari in ambito domestico.  Milano: LED Edizioni. (p.247).

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Painted wall, under the heavy masonry ledge above the panel painted to represent a block of red and yellow variegated marble, bordered in red.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007.

Painted wall, under the heavy masonry ledge above the panel painted to represent a block of red and yellow variegated marble, bordered in red.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Large arched niche on south wall.

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Large arched niche on south wall.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii.  December 2007.   Rectangular niche on south wall

IX.1.7 Pompeii. December 2007. Rectangular recess on south wall.

 

IX.1.7 Pompeii. 1966. South wall with two of the recesses, and impluvium in atrium. 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.
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IX.1.7 Pompeii. 1966. South wall with two of the recesses, and impluvium in atrium.

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.

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