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VII.7.5 Pompeii. Casa di Trittolemo or House of Tryptolemus

or House of the Cissonii or House of L. Calpurnius Diogenes.

Linked to VII.7.2, VII.7.4, VII.7.14 and VII.7.15.

Excavated 1859 and 1871. Bombed in 1943, restored 1946, and 2014.

 

Part 1      Part 2      Part 3      Part 4      Plan of VII.7.5 and VII.7.14.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. 
Looking across north portico towards doorway into triclinium (q), on right.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019.

Looking across north portico towards doorway into triclinium (q), on right.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking from north portico, on the left is a side doorway into corridor (r).
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking from north portico, on the left is a side doorway into corridor (r).

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking north across flooring.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking north across flooring.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Triclinium (q), doorway from north portico. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Triclinium (q), doorway from north portico. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), small doorway in west wall leading into corridor (r).
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), small doorway in west wall leading into corridor (r).

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. 1970s. Mosaic floor in threshold of small doorway between corridor room (r), and triclinium (q).

VII.7.5 Pompeii. 1970s. Mosaic floor in threshold of small doorway between corridor room (r), and triclinium (q).

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking north across flooring.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking north across flooring.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking north across flooring towards central emblema.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking north across flooring towards central emblema.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

The central emblema consists of four squares of coloured marble pieces bordered by black and white borders.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. c. 1930. Looking across flooring of triclinium (q) towards the central emblema.  
According to Blake –
Probably to about the same time (of the Second Style of wall decoration) belongs the centre of the triclinium of VII.7.5.
In this, more valuable marbles are used, separated by bands of black and white, but the field of black mosaic dotted with quincunxes of white is quite characteristic of the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire.
See Blake, M., (1930). The pavements of the Roman Buildings of the Republic and Early Empire. Rome, MAAR, 8, (p.42 & pl.7, tav.3).

VII.7.5 Pompeii. c. 1930. Looking across flooring of triclinium (q) towards the central emblema. 

According to Blake –

Probably to about the same time (of the Second Style of wall decoration) belongs the centre of the triclinium of VII.7.5.

In this, more valuable marbles are used, separated by bands of black and white, but the field of black mosaic dotted with quincunxes of white is quite characteristic of the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire.

See Blake, M., (1930). The pavements of the Roman Buildings of the Republic and Early Empire. Rome, MAAR, 8, (p.42 & pl.7, tav.3).

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking towards north wall with high niche.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), looking towards north wall with high niche.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Triclinium (q), looking across flooring towards north wall with high niche. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
According to Fiorelli –
“La sala da pranzo, o triclinio, ha due finestre, e due quadri.
Nel primo era rappresentato Triptolemo presso la biga dei serpenti, poggiato alla verga, che protende la mano a Proserpina per ricevere da lei le spighe del grano, mentre tiene accanto il canestro delle biade; 
nel secondo sembra espressa la discesa di Venere protettrice di Pompei sul lido, ove fu poi fabbricata la citta, con la dea che stringe il lungo scettro d’oro ed ha il peplo sulle gambe, e che seduta sulle spire del Tritone porge la mano ad Amore, per discendere sulla spiaggia, ove una giovane donna, personificazione del luogo, la riceve facendo libazione su di un’ara inghirlandata.”
(trans: "The dining-room, or triclinium, has two windows, and two paintings.
In the first was seen Triptolemus near to the serpent’s chariot, resting on the rod, extending his hand towards Proserpina to receive from her the ears of grain, while holding the basket of fodder nearby; 
In the second, it seemed to show the descent of Venus protector of Pompeii on the lido, where the city was built, with the goddess holding the long golden sceptre and having her legs covered, and sitting on the coils of the Triton holding her hand to Cupid, in order to descend to the beach, where a young woman, personification of the place, receives her by making a libation on the garlanded altar.”)
See Fiorelli, G. Guida di Pompei. 1877. (p.5).

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Triclinium (q), looking across flooring towards north wall with high niche. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

According to Fiorelli –

“La sala da pranzo, o triclinio, ha due finestre, e due quadri.

Nel primo era rappresentato Triptolemo presso la biga dei serpenti, poggiato alla verga, che protende la mano a Proserpina per ricevere da lei le spighe del grano, mentre tiene accanto il canestro delle biade;

nel secondo sembra espressa la discesa di Venere protettrice di Pompei sul lido, ove fu poi fabbricata la citta, con la dea che stringe il lungo scettro d’oro ed ha il peplo sulle gambe, e che seduta sulle spire del Tritone porge la mano ad Amore, per discendere sulla spiaggia, ove una giovane donna, personificazione del luogo, la riceve facendo libazione su di un’ara inghirlandata.”

(trans: "The dining-room, or triclinium, has two windows, and two paintings.

In the first was seen Triptolemus near to the serpent’s chariot, resting on the rod, extending his hand towards Proserpina to receive from her the ears of grain, while holding the basket of fodder nearby;

In the second, it seemed to show the descent of Venus protector of Pompeii on the lido, where the city was built, with the goddess holding the long golden sceptre and having her legs covered, and sitting on the coils of the Triton holding her hand to Cupid, in order to descend to the beach, where a young woman, personification of the place, receives her by making a libation on the garlanded altar.”)

See Fiorelli, G. Guida di Pompei. 1877. (p.5).

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Triclinium (q), north wall at west end with detail of high black painted zoccolo. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018.

Triclinium (q), north wall at west end with detail of high black painted zoccolo. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), window in east wall overlooking peristyle of VII.7.2.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Triclinium (q), window in east wall overlooking peristyle of VII.7.2.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Looking east across peristyle, towards room “n” and remaining north wall of room “m”.
The doorway, second on left, links both houses VII.7.2 and 5 by peristyles. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Looking east across peristyle, towards room (n) and remaining north wall of room (m).

The doorway, second on left, links both houses VII.7.2 and 5 by peristyles. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5, Pompeii. May 2018. Rectangular pool in peristyle. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5, Pompeii. May 2018. Rectangular pool in peristyle. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5, Pompeii. May 2018. Detail of rectangular pool in peristyle. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5, Pompeii. May 2018. Detail of rectangular pool in peristyle. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Looking south-east across peristyle, with atrium, on right.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Looking south-east across peristyle, with atrium, on right.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Looking south along east portico towards doorway and window of room (n).
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Looking south along east portico towards doorway and window of room (n).

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Doorway into room (n).
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Doorway into room (n).

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2015. Doorway and window to room (n) on east side of peristyle.
Between the doorways of rooms (m) and (n) was a painting of a priestess making on offering, accompanied by an attendant.
See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: Giannini, no 637.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2015. Doorway and window to room (n) on east side of peristyle.

Between the doorways of rooms (m) and (n) was a painting of a priestess making on offering, accompanied by an attendant.

See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: Giannini, no 637.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. 
Room (n), looking towards window in north wall overlooking south portico of VII.7.2.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019.

Room (n), looking towards window in north wall overlooking south portico of VII.7.2.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), looking from south portico of VII.7.2 through window into room (n) of VII.7.5.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018.

Room (n), looking from south portico of VII.7.2 through window into room (n) of VII.7.5. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, April 2019. Room (n), looking across mosaic flooring towards east wall. 
On the left, north wall, is a window from south portico of linked house at VII.7.2. 
The mosaics leaning against the west wall do not come from this house, but are from the nearby Suburban Baths near the Porta Marina. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, April 2019. Room (n), looking across mosaic flooring towards east wall.

On the left, north wall, is a window from south portico of linked house at VII.7.2.

The mosaics leaning against the west wall do not come from this house but are from the nearby Suburban Baths near the Porta Marina.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. Room (n), painting by P, Gusman, entitled Venus as protectress of Pompei.
See Gusman, P. (1900). Pompei, the city, its life and art. London, William Heinemann. (pl.1). 
Original painting now in Naples Archaeological Museum.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. Room (n), painting by P, Gusman, entitled Venus as protectress of Pompei.

See Gusman, P. (1900). Pompei, the city, its life and art. London, William Heinemann. (pl.1).

Original painting now in Naples Archaeological Museum.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, 1871. Room (n). Drawing by N. La Volpe of painting of Aphrodite, Poseidon and a female figure burning incense.
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number ADS 701.
Photo © ICCD. http://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it
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VII.7.5 Pompeii, 1871.

Room (n). Drawing by N. La Volpe of painting of Aphrodite, Poseidon and a female figure burning incense.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number ADS 701.

Photo © ICCD. https://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it

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VII.7.5 Pompeii, 1871. Room (n). Drawing by N. La Volpe of Tryptolemus receiving the ears of corn from Prosperina.
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number ADS702.
Photo © ICCD. http://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it
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VII.7.5 Pompeii, 1871.

Room (n). Drawing by N. La Volpe of Tryptolemus receiving the ears of corn from Prosperina.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number ADS702.

Photo © ICCD. https://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it

Utilizzabili alle condizioni della licenza Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Condividi allo stesso modo 2.5 Italia (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 IT)

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Room (n), looking towards east and south walls.
Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

VII.7.5 Pompeii. September 2019. Room (n), looking towards east and south walls.

Foto Annette Haug, ERC Grant 681269 DÉCOR.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room n, looking towards south wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), looking towards south wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room n, looking towards south wall in south-west corner. 
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), looking towards south wall in south-west corner. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. 
Room n, detail from south wall with yellow painted panel in middle area of wall, with painted medallion of female figure with feather fan.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018.

Room (n), detail from south wall with yellow painted panel in middle area of wall, with painted medallion of female figure with feather fan.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room n, lower south wall/zoccolo. 
The zoccolo was decorated as a sort of imitation opus sectile wall of polychrome marble.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), lower south wall/zoccolo.

The zoccolo was decorated as a sort of imitation opus sectile wall of polychrome marble. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), looking across to south-west corner with window and door in west wall.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018.

Room (n), looking across to south-west corner with window and door in west wall to east portico. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room n, doorway threshold from east portico into room. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), doorway threshold from east portico into room. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), detail of central emblema of flower with six petals set in geometric motif, in white and black mosaic floor.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018.

Room (n), detail of central emblema of flower with six petals set in geometric motif, in white and black mosaic floor.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), detail of flower with six petals set in central emblema.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), detail of flower with six petals set in central emblema. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii. c.1930. Flooring from the triclinium (n) on the right of the peristyle
This triclinium was constructed in the period when the symmetry of the house number 2 was destroyed by its annexation to house number 5. 
On the other hand, this pavement does not belong to the last modification of the house, since it was patched at the insertion of the limestone sill upon which rests piers of the block and brick construction which was characteristic of the building activities following the earthquake of 63AD. 
This centre probably belongs to the first half of the first century AD. 
The tesserae of the central square are small (0.06cm) and the black ones are badly worn; the workmanship is poor.
The design of this centre is merely an adaptation of the familiar pattern showing a hexagon surrounded by triangles to make a star, which in its turn is enclosed in a larger hexagon. When the hexagon has been included in a circle and the circle in a square, the general outline of the centre is complete.
A six-petalled flower on a black background framed in an ornamental border forms the centre of the composition.
See Blake, M., (1930). The pavements of the Roman Buildings of the Republic and Early Empire. Rome, MAAR, 8, (p.114, pl.39, tav.3)

VII.7.5 Pompeii. c.1930. Flooring from the triclinium (n) on the right of the peristyle

This triclinium was constructed in the period when the symmetry of the house number 2 was destroyed by its annexation to house number 5.

On the other hand, this pavement does not belong to the last modification of the house, since it was patched at the insertion of the limestone sill upon which rests piers of the block and brick construction which was characteristic of the building activities following the earthquake of 63AD.

This centre probably belongs to the first half of the first century AD.

The tesserae of the central square are small (0.06cm) and the black ones are badly worn; the workmanship is poor.

The design of this centre is merely an adaptation of the familiar pattern showing a hexagon surrounded by triangles to make a star, which in its turn is enclosed in a larger hexagon. When the hexagon has been included in a circle and the circle in a square, the general outline of the centre is complete.

A six-petalled flower on a black background framed in an ornamental border forms the centre of the composition.

See Blake, M., (1930). The pavements of the Roman Buildings of the Republic and Early Empire. Rome, MAAR, 8, (p.114, pl.39, tav.3)

 

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. 
Room (n), these two fragments of a mosaic vault belong to the nearby Suburban Baths at Porta Marina. 
See VII.16.a Nymphaeum for more detail. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.5 Pompeii, May 2018. Room (n), these two fragments of a mosaic vault belong to the nearby Suburban Baths at Porta Marina.

See VII.16.a Nymphaeum for more detail. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

 

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