Traveller and sorceress
Fresco from Pompeii (VI. 9. 6).
62—79 CE.
45 × 50 cm.
Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Hall LXXIIInv. No. 9106.Photo by Luigi Spina

Traveller and sorceress.

Fresco from Pompeii (VI. 9. 6).
62—79 CE.
45 × 50 cm.
Inv. No. 9106.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Hall LXXII
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli, Sala LXXII)

Pompeii, VI. 9. 6, House of Castor and Pollux, room 9, on upper section frieze at east end of south wall of tablinum, 18th June 1828.
Al centro una donna, accovacciata su un podio e con il copricapo di paglia, offre acqua a un mendico, caratterizzato da una corta tunica bianca.

Traveller and sorceress, from Pompeii, House of the Dioscuri (VI, 9, 6)

inv. 9106

The fragment comes from a longer frieze in the landscape genre which embellished the side panels of one of the walls of the tablinum in the house. In front of a reed hut a woman distinguished by the typical conical straw hat (tholia) of the Hellenistic tanagrines is seated on a cylindrical pedestal and offers a drink to a wayfarer; while his dog waits patiently.

This miniature, executed in the rapid daubs of the so-called “impressionistic” technique, exudes a faintly exotic fascination.

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© Photo: Luigi Spina.
2019. Add. information:
© 1996. Description: Stefano De Caro. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001. P. 179.
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