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Villa of the Mysteries - Pompeii

The most famous room in the villa is certainly the triclinium, or the so-called Hall of Mysteries.
The floor is a beautiful example of non-marble opus sectile, consisting of quadrangular slabs of palombino framed by slate strips with a marginal flounce made up of rows of palombino and slate slabs arranged by corner.
The simplicity of the floor decoration brings out even more the richness of the wall decoration.
The most interesting part is the central area, marked by large cinnabar red orthostats, separated by narrow brown orthostats, enclosed by ovoli frames and framed by green bands.
In front of the orthostats, along all the walls, a complex figurative scene takes place, which falls within the genre of megalographies.
There is no single and commonly accepted interpretation of the famous megalography of the Villa of the Mysteries.
In the photo, the third group on the left wall, a half-naked Silenus, with a purple cloak resting on his left shoulder, his head crowned with laurel, is busy playing the lyre.
With him is a group composed of a panisca nursing a kid and a panisco intent on playing the pan flute.
Behind them, a terrified female figure withdraws, wrapping herself in a large purple cloak blown up by the wind.
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 20386 W: 130 N: 43054] (225824)
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