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V.5 Casa del Mobilio carbonizzato or House of the Wooden Furniture. Excavated 1932-33.

 

The doorway of ample proportions, the height of the entrance corridor, the architectural scheme of the little atrium, and finally the general arrangement in the traditional manner of the rooms around the atrium and the little back courtyard, are all characteristics of a house pre-Roman in date, plan and structure.

The wall decorations had been renewed and all belonged to the Claudian period and were painted by the same hand though of no particular interest artistically.

The view from the fauces, with the little temple shrine on the end wall of the courtyard, forms a delicious perspective that was intentionally planned by the owner.

A pleasant inside room opens with a triple window upon the little courtyard: against one of the walls there is a wooden triclinium couch in the form of a divan, with the side and head veneered, and beside it a small wooden table.

See Maiuri, Amedeo, (1977). Herculaneum. 7th English ed, of Guide books to the Museums Galleries and Monuments of Italy, No.53 (p.43, Plate XXII, fig. 38).

 

Wallace Hadrill described this house as with an atrium and garden court with shrine on axis, stairs up by door, 7 reception rooms decorated in III/IV Style, including mythological and mosaic floor in tablinum, opus sectile in one other; 3 service rooms undecorated including kitchen with stairs up. Couch in back reception room gives views through windows of shrine and tablinum decoration.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A., 1994. Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. New Jersey: Princeton U.P. (p.202)

According to Wallace-Hadrill, at the time of excavation, an exceptionally well-preserved specimen of a wooden couch, together with a round table with three legs was found to have survived. The survival of a wooden couch was valuable for its rarity...... Alas, the decision to leave it on show in the house as a tourist attraction, combined with the lack of maintenance work, has led to its almost complete disintegration.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.211).

 

See Pesando, F. and Guidobaldi, M.P. (2006). Pompei, Oplontis, Ercolano, Stabiae. Editori Laterza, (p.347-8)

See Guidobaldi, M.P. and Esposito, D. (2013). Herculaneum: Art of the Buried City. U.S.A, Abbeville Press, (p.157-161)

 

Cardo IV Superiore, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking north, V.5 is on the right.

Cardo IV Superiore, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking north, V.5 is on the right.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Step in pavement of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, October 2015. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V 5, Herculaneum, October 2015. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Entrance doorway.

 

V.5 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking east through entrance doorway, during restoration. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.5 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking east through entrance doorway, during restoration.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V 5, Herculaneum, May 2010. Looking towards entrance doorway from Cardo IV Superiore.

 

Ins. V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Remains of painted plaster on north side of entrance doorway.

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Remains of painted plaster on north side of entrance doorway.

 

V.5 Herculaneum. August 2013. Remains of painted plaster on north side of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.5 Herculaneum. August 2013. Remains of painted plaster on north side of entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.5 Herculaneum. August 2013. North side of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.5 Herculaneum. August 2013. North side of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking east along entrance corridor towards atrium.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. North wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Upper north wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Upper west end of north wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Painted bird from upper north wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Upper east end of north wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. South wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. South wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Upper south wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Upper west end of south wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Painted bird from upper south wall.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Upper east end of south wall of entrance corridor.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Floor of entrance corridor.

 

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East end of entrance corridor, looking across atrium towards tablinum.

 

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East side of atrium with corridor to rear rooms and garden, and north side of tablinum.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. North wall of tablinum.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. East side of tablinum, with window overlooking garden.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. South wall of tablinum.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015.

Looking through tablinum to small courtyard garden with aedicula shrine.

 

Ins. V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Looking through tablinum to small courtyard garden with aedicula shrine. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J64f1182

V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Looking through tablinum to small courtyard garden with aedicula shrine.

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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V.5 Herculaneum, September 2015. Detail of a pattern in tablinum flooring, photo taken from entrance doorway.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.5 Herculaneum, September 2015. Detail of a pattern in mosaic tablinum flooring, photo taken from entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking from window of tablinum towards garden and shrine. The little courtyard, closed all around by a parapet and paved in opus signinum was chiefly designed to carry away the rainwater to the cistern.
It was decorated with an aedicula lararium.

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking from window of tablinum towards garden and shrine.

The little courtyard, closed all around by a parapet and paved in opus signinum was chiefly designed to carry away the rainwater to the cistern. It was decorated with an aedicula lararium.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Aedicula shrine in small garden area.   

 

Ins. V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Window on north side of garden.  Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J64f1172

V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Windows on north side of garden. 

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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Ins. V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. North side of garden, looking towards window. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J64f1174

V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. North side of garden, looking towards room with three windows. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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V.5, Herculaneum. Looking towards corner of room with carbonised wooden bed and table in room with three windows.
Photo with kind permission of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.
See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.216/217)

V.5, Herculaneum. Looking towards corner of room with carbonised wooden bed and table in room with three windows.

Photo with kind permission of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.216/217)

 

V.5, Herculaneum. Carbonised wooden bed in situ in room with three windows.
Photo with kind permission of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.
See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.216/217)

V.5, Herculaneum. Carbonised wooden bed in situ in room with three windows.

Photo with kind permission of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.216/217)

 

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V.5, Herculaneum. September 2016. Wooden bed, found in the room with three windows overlooking courtyard.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.5, Herculaneum. September 2016.

Wooden table with clawed legs, found in the room with three windows overlooking courtyard.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Aedicula shrine against east wall of garden. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J64f1173

V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Aedicula shrine against east wall of garden.

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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Ins. V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Looking towards east wall with aedicula shrine.  Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J64f1181

V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Looking towards east wall with aedicula shrine.  Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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According to Jashemski, the little courtyard at the rear of the house had an elaborate aedicula shrine visible from the entrance corridor.

There were the remains of an animal painting on the east wall.

See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.267-8)

 

V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. East wall with remains of painted plaster above shrine.

 

Ins. V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Looking towards south-east corner of courtyard garden. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J64f1183

V.5, Herculaneum. 1964. Looking towards south-east corner. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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V 5, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking towards south end of east wall.

 

V 5, Herculaneum, wall painting of satyr discovering Hermaphroditus.
Photo with kind permission of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.
See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.294)

V 5, Herculaneum, wall painting of satyr discovering Hermaphroditus.

Photo with kind permission of Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A. (2011). Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln Ltd., (p.294)