Coffer with a large medallion
Fresco of the Fourth style from Stabiae. Age of Nero (54—68 CE).
H. 79 cm, W. 85 cm.
Inv. No. 64179.Castellammare di Stabia, Antiquarium stabiano

Coffer with a large medallion.

Fresco of the Fourth style from Stabiae. Age of Nero (54—68 CE).
H. 79 cm, W. 85 cm.
Inv. No. 64179.

Castellammare di Stabia, Antiquarium stabiano
(Castellammare di Stabia, Antiquarium stabiano).

Castellammare di Stabia, Villa of Ariadne, Room 42.
Castellamare di Stabia, Varano hill, Villa San Marco, Room 42.

Coffer with a large medallion

Fresco: 79 cm high, 85 cm wide.
Inv. 64179.
Provenance: Castellammare di Stabia, Varano hill, Villa Arianna, room 42.

Corner square with cinnabar cornice and ribbon motif decorating the ceiling, inscribed with a light coloured medallion, bordered by leaves and flowers with the trunk of a young woman in the foreground. She is facing left, her head covered by a thin white veil revealing her hair gathered at the nape. She wears gold earrings and is draped with a red tunic and cloak pinned over her shoulders.

Behind is the face of a young man with short straight hair and fringe.

The coffer was part of the flat stretch of ceiling of which only a fragment of the central lowered ceiling has been preserved depicting an elderly silenus (inv. 64180) reclining with a kantharos (see A. M. Sodo in Riscoprire Pompei, Roma 1993, p. 298).

Pompeii has very few portraits, the best-known being that of a couple: Paquius Proculus and wife, portrayed as intellectuals (Naples National Archaeological Museum inv. 9058, in Le Collezioni del Museo Nazionale di Napoli, vol. I, Roma 1986, n. 236 p. 157).

Anna Maria Sodo
P. Miniero, Stabiae. Pitture e stucchi delle ville romane. Catalogo della Mostra, Napoli, 1989, p. 42.
© 2007. Photo, text: AA. VV. Otium ludens. Stabiae — at the heart of the Roman Empire. Catalogue of the Exhibition «Otium ludens» (Saint-Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum, Dec. 7, 2007 — March 30, 2008). Nicola Longobardi, Castellammare di Stabia (Na), 2007. P. 138—139.
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