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House of the Cabinet Maker

House of the Cabinet Maker

 

 

Address: Insula 10
Area: 309 square meters
Rooms: 8

 

 

 

House of the Cabinet MakerHouse of the Cabinet Maker is also known as the Blacksmith's House or the House of the Carpenter. The main entrance leads from Vicolo del Menandro. The inscription on the front of the house was once found, which said: "Secundus sends his regards to his Prima (lover), wherever she is. I ask my beloved to love me." Unfortunately, this romantic writing was lost after its disccovery due to natural elements.

House of the Cabinet Maker has been preserved quite well. However, the interior was largely lost. The frescoes, though preserved, have faded with time. Most of the murals did not differ special art. White panels with red lines cover most of the walls. Only some of the walls are covered with mythic paintings such as the Sacrifice of Sofonisb and Daedalus and Icarus.

House of the Cabinet Maker was not distinguished by a special size and decoration, but here the archaeologists were in for an unexpected surprise. First, the remains of two bodies were found in the room with a small amount of coins. Later, archaeologists began to find jewelry and perfume bottles. As well as measuring and surveying instruments, scales and weights in addition to the tools of the craftsman hence the name.

 

 

 

House of the Cabinet Maker  House of the Cabinet Maker

Two rooms open on the west side of the corridor (a). The first room (b) may have been used as a common storage room. The walls are covered with a layer of plaster, painted white over the lower pink frieze. In the northwest corner there is a latrine with low masonry. The adjoining room (s) is a small room. The room is decorated with frescoes in the third style with large white panels framed in red above the bottom dark red frieze. The upper zone is simply decorated with white panels painted in red and yellow and decorated with small griffins.

The entrance corridor leads to a rectangular atrium - living room (d), which has a central imluvium or indoor pool. The walls of the atrium retain large panels of plaster, but the decoration in the form of frescoes has almost disappeared, which makes it impossible to describe the decoration. Next to the pool is a marble table. On the table are armrests, decorated with marble legs in the form of a lion's paws. In the west of the atrium - there are two rooms (e) and (f). Room (e) is decorated with frescoes in the third style with white panels, demarcated by the plains above the bottom white frieze decorated with a red floral motif.

House of the Cabinet Maker  House of the Cabinet Maker

House of the Cabinet Maker