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V.7.7 Pompeii. C. d. Casa dei Delfini. Previously an unexcavated doorway.

Only the southern street fronts of the insula were excavated in 1907-8.

As of 2018 excavations are taking place here as part of a scheme to improve drainage.

 

Following discoveries of dolphin paintings in the 2018 excavations this is now known as C. d. Casa dei Delfini.

 

According to CTP, there is a discrepancy in the number of doorways, not made any easier to correct by the new modern brick walling.

CTP said that according to the plan by Eschebach in 1969, there were six entrances marked, but his number 2 doorway was now missing behind the restored brick wall.  This should now leave five entrances.

There is however written documentation that Mau and Spano described seven entrances on this south front. Then Spano mentioned eight entrances.

If V.7.6 is known as the House of Paris because of the graffiti on its façade, and we can see another doorway on the east side of it, that doorway should be V.7.7. 

If V.7.6 and V.7.7 are accounted for, there must be two doorways V.7.2 and V.7.3, perhaps also even V.7.4, behind the modern brick wall.

See Van der Poel, H. B., 1986. Corpus Topographicum Pompeianum, Part IIIA. Austin: University of Texas. (p.82).

The doorways will remain a mystery until the rest of the insula is brought to light again.

 

V.7.6 Pompeii. May 2006. Entrance doorway.

V.7.7 Pompeii. May 2006. Entrance doorway.

 

V.7.7 Pompeii. December 2005. Entrance doorway.

V.7.7 Pompeii. December 2005. Entrance doorway.

 

V.7.7 Pompeii. 2018. Dolphin painting that gave the house its new name Casa dei Delfini.
Along the northern part of the Vicolo delle Nozze d'Argento, the re-profiling of the excavation fronts made it possible to discover the front of some houses with richly frescoed rooms. The frescoed environments that emerged right in front of [opposite] the entrance to the Silver Wedding House suggested the name of this Domus: "Casa dei Delfini" because in the entrance (fauces), richly decorated on a red background, two small squares with a couple of dolphins appear, as well as various animals and architectural perspectives.

To the west of the entrance a room was investigated in which it is possible to recognize an older fresco decoration, then covered with a richer fourth-style decoration. It is possible that the oldest decoration is prior to the earthquake of 62, while the last decoration refers to renovations following this event.

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

V.7.7 Pompeii. 2018. Dolphin painting that gave the house its new name Casa dei Delfini.

Along the northern part of the Vicolo delle Nozze d'Argento, the re-profiling of the excavation fronts made it possible to discover the front of some houses with richly frescoed rooms. The frescoed environments that emerged right in front of [opposite] the entrance to the Silver Wedding House suggested the name of this Domus: "Casa dei Delfini" because in the entrance (fauces), richly decorated on a red background, two small squares with a couple of dolphins appear, as well as various animals and architectural perspectives.

To the west of the entrance a room was investigated in which it is possible to recognize an older fresco decoration, then covered with a richer fourth-style decoration. It is possible that the oldest decoration is prior to the earthquake of 62, while the last decoration refers to renovations following this event.

 

Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

 

See video of the discoveries on Il Mattino web site: Video showing the discovery of the Casa dei Delfini

 

V.2.i Pompeii. December 2005. Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento looking west from V.7.7

V.2.i Pompeii, on left. December 2005. Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento looking west from V.7.7, on right.

 

 

 

 

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