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Pompeii Casts. Victim number 8, the watchdog of Vesonius Primus.

Found on 20th November 1874 chained behind the entrance doorway at VI.14.20.

 

Victim number 8. Watchdog showing collar with bronze rings. Photo: G. Sommer. 
In his description of this plaster-cast in his Guida di Pompei, 1877, Fiorelli described –
“Large dog [no.8], tied to the threshold of the door of a house in which he stood guard. 
Two bronze rings are preserved in the impression of the leather collar. (Reg. VI, ins XIV, number 20).”
See Fiorelli, Guida di Pompei, [Rome, 1877,] p.88-89. 
See Dwyer, E., 2010. Pompeii’s Living Statues. Ann Arbor: Univ of Michigan Press, (p.94).

Victim number 8. Watchdog showing collar with bronze rings. Photo: G. Sommer.

In his description of this plaster-cast in his Guida di Pompei, 1877, Fiorelli described –

“Large dog [no.8], tied to the threshold of the door of a house in which he stood guard.

Two bronze rings are preserved in the impression of the leather collar. (Reg. VI, ins XIV, number 20).”

See Fiorelli, Guida di Pompei, [Rome, 1877,] p.88-89.

See Dwyer, E., 2010. Pompeii’s Living Statues. Ann Arbor: Univ of Michigan Press, (p.94).

 

VIII.1.4 Pompeii Antiquarium. About 1875-1880. Cast of watch dog (Victim number 8). 
Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.1.4 Pompeii Antiquarium. About 1875-1880. Cast of watch dog (Victim number 8). Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

Victim number 8. 2011. Cast of watchdog on display in Boscoreale Antiquarium.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

La scheda informativa del museo dice
Il calco ottenuto colando gesso nell'impronta lasciata dal cane nel materiale eruttivo del 79, mostra un esemplare di Canis Catenarius addetto, cioè alla custodia della casa.
L'esame dei caratteri morfologici, reso possibile dalla perfezione del calco, pur non consentendo la identificazione di una precisa razza, lo colloca, tuttavia tra quelli adatti anche alla caccia.

The museum information card says
The cast obtained by pouring plaster into the imprint left by the dog in the eruptive material of 79, shows a specimen of Canis Catenarius assigned, that is to the custody of the house.
The examination of the morphological characteristics, made possible by the perfection of the cast, while not allowing the identification of a precise breed, places it, however among those suitable also for hunting.

Victim number 8. 2011. Cast of watchdog on display in Boscoreale Antiquarium.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

La scheda informativa del museo dice

Il calco ottenuto colando gesso nell'impronta lasciata dal cane nel materiale eruttivo del 79, mostra un esemplare di Canis Catenarius addetto, cioè alla custodia della casa.

L'esame dei caratteri morfologici, reso possibile dalla perfezione del calco, pur non consentendo la identificazione di una precisa razza, lo colloca, tuttavia tra quelli adatti anche alla caccia.

 

The museum information card says

The cast obtained by pouring plaster into the imprint left by the dog in the eruptive material of 79, shows a specimen of Canis Catenarius assigned, that is to the custody of the house.
The examination of the morphological characteristics, made possible by the perfection of the cast, while not allowing the identification of a precise breed, places it, however among those suitable also for hunting
.

 

Artwork by Allan McCollum, The Dog from Pompeii (1991).

Artwork by Allan McCollum, The Dog from Pompeii (1991).

 

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2015. Plaster cast of dog, found in November 1874, chained and left behind in VI.14.20. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2015. Plaster cast of dog, found in November 1874, chained and left behind in VI.14.20.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2015. Detail of plaster cast of dog found in November 1874.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.  According to Ruggiero the animal had been tied behind the front door of the House of Vesonius Primus. As the cinders raining down through the hole in the centre of the roof (compluvium) accumulated in the passageway, he climbed on top of them, twisting himself with his back to the ground and his legs raised upwards, wrenching his neck and his head to get free from the rope fastened to a ring of bronze which can still be seen attached to his collar. However, to no avail, as he was overcome and choked by the ashes. (1879)

VII.7.29 Pompeii. May 2015. Detail of plaster cast of dog found in November 1874.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

According to Ruggiero (1879) the animal had been tied behind the front door of the House of Vesonius Primus.

As the cinders raining down through the hole in the centre of the roof (compluvium) accumulated in the passageway, he climbed on top of them, twisting himself with his back to the ground and his legs raised upwards, wrenching his neck and his head to get free from the rope fastened to a ring of bronze which can still be seen attached to his collar.

However, to no avail, as he was overcome and choked by the ashes.

 

 

 

 

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