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Mosaic emblem depicting travelling musicians (9985)

Mosaic emblem depicting travelling musicians (9985)

The small picture, the central emblem of a floor, depicts a group of four characters who are possibly the metragyrtai of the cult of Cybele; they move on the podium of a stage, clearly distinguishable in the lower part, and to the sound of the instruments that they themselves are playing they are probably moving towards the house whose entrance can just be made out in the right corner. They wear the masks of three characters from the Greek New Comedy: the tympanum player is the parasitos, with an aquiline nose and a furrowed brow; near him is the kolax, the flatterer, who can be recognised by his prominent nose and his relaxed florid face, who is playing the cymbals while immediately behind him is the diamitros etaira, the double flute player whose hair is gathered in a headscarf. The last figure is a child or a dwarf, without a mask, with unruly hair and a short tunic, playing a sort of horn. The scene is probably taken from a comedy by Menander entitled "Theophorumene", The Possessed Woman, of which only a few verses survive. The chiaroscuro, which involves the varied and skilful use of each colour in various shades, and the shadows that are cast indicate that the picture is taken from an Alexandrine original of the third century BC signed by Dioskourides Samios.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: Suonatori ambulanti
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: Mezzanine floor, room LIX, no. 3
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  PRVS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Pompei
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 9985
  INVD: 1870 post
Modalita_di_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  SCAN: Villa di Cicerone
  DSCD: 1749 - 1763
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 48
  Width: 46
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - language: Greek
  Inscriptions - text:

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

Brilliant 1979, p. 180; Collezioni Museo 1989 I, 1, n. 1, p. 116; Vésuve 1995, n. 31, pp. 120-121; Vulkan 1995, n. 31, pp. 120-121; Romana Pictura 1998, n. 162, p. 320; Barbet 1999, p. 66; De Caro 1999, p. 66; Dunbabin 1999, pp. 44-46, fig. 45; Homo faber 1999, n. 344, p. 266; De Caro 2001, pp. 14-15