In Pompeii there has been a great return to celebrate the International Women's Day. The statue of the "Venus in a bikini", now in the Archaeological Museum of Naples (Mann), was back for the Woman’s day at her place of discovery, the eponymous domus. An initiative strongly supported by the Superintendence of Pompeii in accordance with MANN, who in addition to confirming the strong link that binds the two institutions today, will also remember the direct and historical connection since Bourbon. The project to accommodate the objects found in Pompeii’s excavations and then transferred to the MANN could also have future developments.
Since the 8th of March, the house in which was exhibited the statue was closed again, because of the works on the safety of Regiones I and II, provided by the Great Pompeii Project. The fame of the domus (house) is linked to the discovery of the marble statuette depicting Venus that melts a sandal. The goddess also presents a drawing of a golden embroidery fabric on the breast and on the pubic region (bikini). The statue is one of the most unique and interesting pieces of the archaeological adventure that took place at the foot of Vesuvius.
The statue was found in a wardrobe located in one of the rooms of the house (the tablinum), where it had been placed during the work of the domus following the earthquake of 62 AD, along with other household effects and valuables including gold bracelets and coins. Almost certainly the statue was used as an ornament, placed on a pedestal located behind the impluvium (the ornamental pool at the center of the atrium). The sexual innuendo glimpsed in the gesture of Venus have then determined the future place in the erotic Cabinet of the Archaeological Museum, keeper of finds with erotic themes, where it was transferred after the discovery.
This iconography of the Venus, which occurs twice in Pompeii, seems to have originated in greek-oriental influence of the late third century BC and its success is documented by a large number of figurines found in many centers of the Hellenistic East and Egypt. The image of Venus, goddess of beauty par excellence, was a real tribute to the female figure on the occasion of the Women's Day.
Within the domus, the female figure is also expressed in the different mythological squares of different environments, depicting women and especially goddesses Diana and Actaeon, Omphale and Hercules, Pyramus and Thisbe, a nymph coming out of a body of water in a flower garden. The house is modest in size, is the result of the division of an earlier property, which probably took place in the first century BC and brought to light at the beginning of the twentieth century, which includes an atrium with a garden in the back. All the paintings in the house belong to the decorative phase of the IV Style.
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