According to Boyce, between VII.11.13 and 14, on the pilaster between the entrances of the caupona and an adjacent taberna, was a painting.
It was of Mercury with a bird (cock?) between his legs, and beside him the graffito CIL IV 812.
See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.111, no.21)
According to Frohlich, the painting and the graffito have been destroyed.
See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern. (F58)
According to Dobbins and Foss, the inn possessed an outdoor sign that forbade loiterers. It read -
Otiosis locus hic non est. Discede morator. [CIL IV 813]
This translates as “This is not the place to idle, Shove off, loiterer”. (Trans by P. Foss)
See Dobbins, J & Foss, P., 2008. The World of Pompeii. New York: Routledge. (p.482)
According to Della Corte, this inn was notable for –
a) the customary Mercury for whose protection one would want [CIL IV 812]
b) for the best wine, lympha Romanensis offered to the clients [CIL IV 815]
c) for some allusions to a Drusus and to caupo [CIL IV 814]
d) Otiosis locus hic non est, discede morator [CIL IV 813]
e) on the outside wall, the sacred painting of the Serpents Agathodemone
See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.205)
According to Varone and Stefani, the wording of CIL IV 813 but numbered 814, and CIL IV 815 were found near the doorway of VII.11.12
See Varone, A. and Stefani, G., 2009. Titulorum Pictorum Pompeianorum, Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, (p.359)
According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de) these read -
Felix C(milia)XXXX [CIL IV 812]
hic non est discede
morator [CIL IV 813]
Id(ibus) Iul<i=E>as(!) Druso vina Otisd
Indoio poto nil
Marn [CIL IV 814]
Romane(n)ses [CIL IV 815]
VII.11.13 Pompeii. December 2006. North wall.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. December 2006. Looking north along Vicolo del Lupanare. VII.1 on right.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. May 2016. Looking north along painted street shrine.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. December 2006. Painted street shrine.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. December 2005. Painted street shrine.
According to Fiorelli, “a painting adorned the exterior of this edifice facing the House of Siricus.
In the painting were two serpents, one male and one female, approaching an altar from either side.
On the altar were two pine cones and two eggs.
Above was written in white letters –
OTIOSIS . LOCVS HIC . NON EST DISCEDE
and then to the right towards the extremity of the painting, written in white, a record of the wine drunk in the inn, with above
which I believe is a reference to the Genius of the nearby baths”.
See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.110)
VII.11.13 Pompeii. May 2016. Upper exterior wall between VII.11.13, and VII.11.12, on right.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. May 2016. Street shrine. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. 1966. Detail of painted altar on street shrine. 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.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. May 2016. Painted serpents’ coils on street shrine. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
VII.11.13 Pompeii. May 2016. Detail of painted coils on serpents. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.