According to Garcia y Garcia Region VII, Insula VI was one of the insulae most devastated over the years since its excavation.
He calls it the “Cinderella” of Pompeii. Between the years 1759 and 1762 it was vandalised and stripped by the Bourbons, then re-interred.
Then came the slow and non-systematic uncovering again before the final destruction in September 1943.
The area was ignored and abandoned during the years following the war, which reduced the insula to a heap of bricks and masonry.
See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.102).
VII.6.34 Pompeii, on right. June 2012. Looking north towards entrances of VII.6.35 and VII.6.34.
VII.6.34 Pompeii. September 2005. Looking north towards entrance.
On the pilaster between VII.6.35 and 34 (on the left) would have been a painting of Victory, a donkey and a lion, now in Naples Archaeological Museum. (see VII.6.35)
According to Garcia y Garcia, on the pilaster between VII.6.34 and 33 (on the right) would have been a painting of Bacchus, now destroyed.
See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.109)
According to Della Corte, on the pilaster between VII.6.34 and 33 (on the right) there was a painting of Mercury, now destroyed.
Many graffiti were found written under these paintings, including amongst others, the names of boys and girls who possibly worked here [CIL IV 1627-1649].
See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.169-171).
According to Frohlich, on the right pilaster, would have been Bacchus.
He agreed that the Victory, donkey and lion, were shown on the middle pilaster.
See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern. (p.327, F51)
According to Fiorelli, on the extreme pilaster, was the figure of Bacchus, with Mercury on the other.
He agreed that the Victory, donkey and lion, were shown on the middle pilaster
See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.160)
According to Boyce, on the two outer pilasters bordering the entrances of these two shops, the figures of Mercury and Bacchus.
See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.111, no.17)