Treasures found in Pompeii

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  1. rze99

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    I mentioned on another thread that I was at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, England UK for an exhibition, "Last Supper in Pompeii". This has artifacts and art from the Pompeii and region site, kindly loaned by the Museum of Naples. It's rare that these treasures leave Naples.

    https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/1...um-brings-roman-treasures-oxford-unique-show/

    Here are a few quick phone pics of some of some the stunning exhibits.

    The statue is perfect, is it not? Hard to believe this hypnotic vision of Bacchus was found in a garden of a house there. Unmarked. Exquisite.

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    Wall painting Lady (presumed Europa) on a bull
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    The only known evidence of ladies-only parties in the Roman world. What's going on there then?
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    Cast of a wealthy woman of Pompeii. She is the only cast of a victim that is robust enough to travel due to the experimental casting in resin. Curiously and distressingly fleshy pink.

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    Bacchus again. Covered in luscious grapes.This wall paining celebrates the fecund soil that Vesuvius provided and the wonderful wine made there. They had no idea it was an active volcano. The top third of the volcano shown in this picture was literally blown 20km into the sky releasing the heat blast and pumice fire that demolished the city.
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    Drinking and singing. The inscription in this celebratory painting effectively says something like, "Time for a song, you go for it!
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    Astonishing wall mosaic of the bounty of the sea.
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    And this amazing family silverware /display piece. The carving shows the sacrifice of the Greek princess Iphegeneia by her father Agamemnon at the start of the Trojan war. ashmo silver plate.JPG

    And finally, some, ahem, fancy weighing scales.
    ashmo scales.JPG
     
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    Impressive!
     
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    So cool, I love those kind of exhibitions. That statue of Bacchus is stunning.

    Here's another ancient treasure at Pompeii... David-Gilmour-Live-at-Pompeii.jpeg
     
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    with the one he DIDN'T auction!
     
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    I believe I would rather have the 1950 Broadcaster he did auction.
     
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    funny how times have changed , who would have thought that standing naked next to your sabre toothed weasel holding a big stick and an empty wine glass, a bowl of fruit on your head would be imortalized , if that happened now you would get 2 years of house arrest , registered as a sexual preditor, and loose your passport and your sabre toothed weasel ! HMM go figure !

    just kidding thats a magnificent statue hard to believe it survived all these years, thanks for posting
     
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    Pompeii was amazing art history ..After the event to see it all frozen in time , incredible
     
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    I would like to have the time, money, and visa to live in Italy for multiple periods totaling several years to take it all in.
     
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    Amazing. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I've been many times and for a while I worked periodically in Rome. Love it all.
    I only visited Pompeii recently and it is incredible. I underestimated how the heat would effect home much I would cover!
     
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    That’s really cool, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very cool. All that stuff fascinates me!
    About 5 yrs ago we took a vacation to Rome and daytripped out to Naples and Pompeii.
    The craftsmanship and artistry of that ancient civilization is just astounding. Heck, Italian art and culture in general.

    Only pic I could find on my computer at the moment, that's my youngest daughter in the lower left corner beside the guy with his back to the camera, looking irritated for some reason, I took the pic:

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    I really admire good art like that ( I can't draw a sign for a toilet door)
     
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    I always find works that are representational, but not attached to any cultural narrative (religious, historical, mythical, etc.), interesting. Art for the sake of making art. An early seed of secularism perhaps.
     
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    Very cool stuff. I visited the Ashmolean last year, incredible museum.
     
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    The statue can't be perfect as I remember watching a documentary on how all those ancient male statues had their penii reduced from "normal" to boy size by a later "civilization" on morality issues iirc, unsure but it might have been the Victorians?.
     
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    As I understand it there’s still a great deal at the site that hasn’t been excavated
     
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    ...and in truth this one has been partially broken off it would appear.

    The statues in pompeii varied in style from classic (like this one) to some more exaggerated styles with some extra large phallus.
    The scales above show this.

    A depiction or model of a large erect phallus was a good luck, good health and power symbol there at that time, so I understand.
     
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    About a third of the city area I was told when visiting.
     
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    Pompeii looks like it was a good place to live for its time .
     
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