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VIII.2.34 Pompeii. Casa delle Colombe a mosaico or House of the Mosaic Doves.

Excavated 1767, 1885, 1928.

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Front wall between VIII.2.34 and VIII.2.33, Pompeii. December 2006. Doorway to VIII.2.34.

Front wall between VIII.2.34 and VIII.2.33, Pompeii. December 2006. Doorway to VIII.2.34.

 

Front wall to east of entrance of VIII.2.34.  December 2006.

Front wall to east of entrance of VIII.2.34. December 2006.

 

Plaster from front wall of VIII.2.34.  December 2006.

Plaster from front wall of VIII.2.34. December 2006.

 

Fallen plaster from front wall of VIII.2.34, described as ashlar (imitating blocks of stone) incised in the plaster. December 2006.

Fallen plaster from front wall of VIII.2.34, described as ashlar (imitating blocks of stone) incised into the plaster.

December 2006.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. East wall of vestibule.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006.

East wall of vestibule, with ashlar engraved in the plaster still remaining attached to the wall.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking south across entrance corridor, from vestibule with remains of stone seat, on right. According to NdS, the entrance was preceded by a vestibule, a masonry seat was leaning against each side vestibule wall. There was one travertine step between the vestibule and the wide entrance corridor. Both the fauces and the vestibule sloped towards the roadway. The flooring of the fauces was made of opus signinum. See Notizie degli Scavi, 1885, (p.163)

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking from vestibule ‘a’, into fauces ‘b’, and across atrium ‘c’.

Looking south across entrance corridor, from vestibule with remains of stone seat, on right.

According to NdS, the entrance was preceded by a vestibule, a masonry seat would have been leaning against each side vestibule wall.

There was one travertine step between the vestibule and the wide entrance corridor.

Both the fauces and the vestibule sloped towards the roadway.

The flooring of the fauces was made of opus signinum.

See Notizie degli Scavi, April 1885, (p.163)

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking south from entrance fauces or corridor, towards atrium. According to Mau, the floor of the entrance corridor was separated from the atrium flooring by a threshold of white marble with some dark veining; at its ends you could see the holes for the door hinges. There were no bolts; so to fasten the door closed there were no other means than to unite the two shutters, either with a lock or some other way.
See Mau, BdI, 1886, (p.149).

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking south from entrance fauces or corridor, towards atrium.

According to Mau, the floor of the entrance corridor was separated from the atrium flooring by a threshold of white marble with some dark veining;

at its ends you could see the holes for the door hinges.

There were no bolts; so to fasten the door closed there were no other means than to unite the two shutters, either with a lock or some other way.

See Mau, BdI, 1886, (p.149).

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking north across atrium towards entrance doorway.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking north across atrium ‘c’, towards entrance doorway.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking east into and across atrium, from VIII.2.30.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking east into and across atrium ‘c’, from VIII.2.30.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking south across remains of impluvium in atrium.
According to NdS, the atrium was rather spacious and in the middle was a large impluvium.
The impluvium was found without any of the marble that at one time it would have been covered with. Around its edge would have been a beautiful greek black and white mosaic.
The floor was of black mosaic scattered with small mosaics of white cubes and white small stars. The walls of the atrium, like those of the entrance corridor, did not have any decoration just being clad in rustic plaster. At the sides of the impluvium were two cistern-mouths, one in the northern edge, the other in the southern. See Notizie degli Scavi, 1885, (p.163)

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking south across remains of impluvium in atrium, ‘c’.

According to NdS, the atrium was rather spacious and in the middle was a large impluvium.

The impluvium was found without any of the marble that at one time it would have been covered with.

Around its edge would have been a beautiful “greca” black and white mosaic.

The floor was of black mosaic scattered with small mosaics of white cubes and white small stars.

The walls of the atrium, like those of the entrance corridor, did not have any decoration just being clad in rustic plaster.

At the sides of the impluvium were two cistern-mouths, one in the northern edge and the other in the southern.

See Notizie degli Scavi, April 1885, (p.163)

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Cistern mouth on north side, near impluvium in atrium.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Cistern mouth on north side, near impluvium in atrium, ‘c’.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to room on north side of atrium, in north-east corner.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006.

Doorway to room ‘d’, on north side of atrium, in north-east corner.

Room ‘v’, which was reached through this doorway, was to be found at its rear.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to cubiculum in north-east corner of atrium, looking east.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to cubiculum ‘e’, in north-east corner of atrium, looking east.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Decorated floor in cubiculum ‘e’, of cocciopesto with regular lines of small white tiles.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006.

Decorated floor in cubiculum ‘e’, of cocciopesto with regular lines of small white tesserae. 

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to cubiculum ‘f’, in centre of east side of atrium.
The floor in this room was identical to room ‘e’, being of cocciopesto with dots of small white tiles in regular lines. The east wall can be seen through the doorway, with red zoccolo which had painted plants in panels separated from a central panel.
The middle zone of the wall would have been white.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to cubiculum ‘f’, in centre of east side of atrium.

The floor in this room was identical to room ‘e’, being of cocciopesto with dots of small white tesserae in regular lines.

The east wall can be seen through the doorway, with red zoccolo which had painted plants in panels separated from a central panel.

The middle zone of the wall would have been white.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to cubiculum ‘g’, on east side of atrium, next to east ala. The threshold was of travertine with housing for the hinges of the door with two shutters opening towards the Interior of the room, like those of all the other rooms around the atrium. The walls were decorated with a red zoccolo partitioned into simple geometric panels. In the middle of the walls, the red central panel was separated from the yellow side panels by a narrow white panel. The upper zone of the walls were completely faded, but conserved a trace of a stucco cornice. On the east wall, visible through the doorway, the large hole made by previous excavators or perhaps by burrowers after the eruption, can be seen.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Doorway to cubiculum ‘g’, on east side of atrium, next to east ala.

The threshold was of travertine with housing for the hinges of the door with two shutters opening towards the Interior of the room, like those of all the other rooms around the atrium.

The walls were decorated with a red zoccolo partitioned into simple geometric panels.

In the middle of the walls, the red central panel was separated from the yellow side panels by a narrow white panel.

The upper zone of the walls were completely faded, but conserved a trace of a stucco cornice.

On the east wall, visible through the doorway, the large hole made by previous excavators or perhaps by burrowers after the eruption, can be seen.

 

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Decorated floor in cubiculum ‘g’, on east side of atrium.
The centre of the floor was formed of cocciopesto with small white tiles forming the carpet of a net of lozenges. Around the edges of the walls, the floor was decorated with two lines of small white tiles.

VIII.2.34 Pompeii. May 2006. Decorated floor in cubiculum ‘g’, on east side of atrium.

The centre of the floor was formed of cocciopesto with small white tesserae forming the carpet of a net of lozenges.

Around the edges of the walls, the floor was decorated with two lines of small white tiles.

 

 

Part 2

 

Part 3      Lower levels