"The House Of The Vettii" Casa dei Vetti Tip by Mikebb

Casa dei Vetti, Pompeii: 9 reviews and 16 photos

  Painting in The House of The Vettii
by Mikebb

When this house was excavated between 1894 and 1895 it caused a sensation because of its exquisite 4th - style decorations with a wealth of paintings and mythological figures. For some reason this house was left untouched by raiders after the eruption.
The house was owned by the Vettii family, a family of freedmen and members of the emerging wealthy class that ran the town.

The painting on the right hand side of the entrance door is an apotropaic male figure placing a bag of coins (wealth) on one scale pan and a large phallus (health) on the other.The message being good health is worth its weight in gold.

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  • Updated May 21, 2006
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