Sunday, September 27, 2009

Naples Archeological Museum

We journeyed to Naples, Italy, to visit the archeological museum. This museum specializes in artifacts from Pompeii. Many of the original treasures at this museum come from the largest home within Pompeii, including one of the famous mosaics of Alexander the Great and Darius III’s battle. This home was huge, about 10,000 square feet large and the dominant residence within Pompeii.

There are many brightly colored frescos that had been painted on the walls within that home. There were also many mosaic's and designs on each floor within the home. Many of the art treasures were cut from the walls and brought to the museum for display.

WOMAN POETESS
There is some art work and fresco of what the experts believe is a poetess due to the contemplative nature of the model and that she has a writing device in her hand. They speculate this was done around the time of Nero based on gold netting in hair.
Here is a very modern fresco who they believe to be a nymph of Spring and dated around the 4th century BC. What amazes me about this piece is how modern it looks. It looks more like a period from the Renaissance (such as the 14th century AD) rather than 4th century BC.


GLASS, BRASS, ART, TOOLS
There was also many beautiful glass vases and other art work made in glass.


There were also some very modern looking pots, pans, and vases made from brass.

The museum also displays medical tools that were discovered in Pompei, and one such tool looks very much like a speculum that you find in most OB/GYN doctors offices.










PHALLIC SYMBOLS
Phallic symbols were very common and in everyday use within Pompeii. These symbols meant good luck and fortune and were used everywhere. You can see these phallic symbols carved in the roads, or in the doors, and walls throughout Pompeii. Here are some of the phallic artifacts that are in the museum.












BORDELLO MENU
One of the more popular artifacts on display was the room that was filled with different erotic poses of men and women engaged in different types of sex. These frescoes were a picture menu for the patrons where they could come and point to the picture for certain types of sex for purchase. Kind of an interesting process that made this commodity available to anyone, even those who could not read or speak the language.

This museum is a wonderful treasure and helps us learn and discover more about our common past.

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