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Paquius Proculus an wife

Paquius Proculus an wife

The fresco, painted in Fourth Style, portrays a middle class Pompeian couple, unquestionably husband and wife, and was situated on the end wall of the room so that it would be visible to anyone entering the atrium. The man depicted is the baker Terentius Neo, as is revealed by the graffito inside the house and not, as was mistakenly believed for a long time, Paquius Proculus, whose name appears on an electoral inscription painted on an external wall. The couple are portrayed as sophisticated and well-off, cultivated and fashionable: the woman wears a red cloak, a pearl necklace with a gold pendant and pearl earrings; she has the typical hairstyle of the Neronian period, with her hair divided by a central parting and gathered at the nape, except for some tight curls that fall on her forehead. She makes a show of her learning by holding a diptych of wax tablets and a stylus in the same pose as the so-called figure of Sappho; the baker wears a toga, indicating the dignity of magistratuus, and flaunts the rotulus. Despite all these trappings, the features of the couple, faithfully rendered by the artist, betray the provincial origin of these two parvenus, probably Samnites who, after achieving economic wellbeing, sought to conceal their humble origins and gain direct entry into polite society.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: Terentius Neo e la moglie
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  Location: Currently awaiting redisplay
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  PRVS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Pompei
  PRCC: Pompei Scavi
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 9058
  INVD: 1863 post
Modalita_di_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  SCAN: Casa e panificio di P. Paquius Proculus
  DSCD: 1868/00/00
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 65
  Width: 58
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Ruesch 1479; Pompeii lives 1984, n. 4, p. 86; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 1, n. 236, p. 156; Ling 1991, pp. 158-159, fig. 170; De Caro 1994, p. 189; PPM, VI, 1996, n.9, p. 488; Vésuve 1995, n. 37, pp. 130-131; Vulkan 1995, n. 37, pp. 130-131; Romana Pictura 1998, n. 136, p. 312; Homo Faber 1999, n. 38, pp. 74-75; De Carolis 2000, n. 4, pp. 6-7; Pompeji 2000, n. 38, pp. 50-51; Glycera 2004, n. 35, p. 25.