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House of the Wild Boar

Description of the House (Reg VII, Ins 4, 48, 43)

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The atrium has a central impluvium and, like the fauces, has suffered extensive damage, not least from its exposure to the elements after its initial excavation. Certainly the decoration consisted of red/yellow panels above a lower dark red frieze but most of the detail has long since disappeared.
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The central panel on the west wall featured a scene of Daedalus with Pasphae (pictured above), while on the east wall was a scene depicting Ariadne giving Theseus a Ball of String. (Both frescoes can be viewed in the National Museum in Naples). The tablinum has a fine white mosaic floor bordered in black with a central black and white panel featuring a geometric design.

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The south side of the tablinum opens onto a
peristyle (i) (pictured upper right) which is colonnaded on two sides. At the centre of the peristyle is a court (j) which contains a circular pool.
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The south wall of the peristyle (pictured right) once contained vivid scenes of a wild boar hunt, after which the house was named. Unfortunately this fresco, a detail from which is pictured below, is in a very poor condition and has lost much of its colour and vibrancy.
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The west wall (pictured right) has scenic panels framed in red below a stucco frieze. Much of the detail has been lost due to exposure to the elements.

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Two large exedra open off the east side of the peristyle. The larger of the two, Room (k), unfortunately has not survived very well and is in a ruinous state.
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In the centre of the panels are several mythological scenes including those of Apollo, Actaeon surprising Artemis and Polyphemus and Galatea (pictured right).
The latter fresco is no longer in situ but can be seen at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
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In the south east corner a short corridor leads to a posticum (m) which opens onto the Vicolo Storto at door No. 43. Off the north side of this corridor a flight of stairs leads to the upper floor.
The house, also known as the House of the Ancient Hunt, had been renovated following the earthquake of AD62. The fauces (a), which opens off the south side of the Via della Fortuna (pictured lower left), leads to a square atrium (b) (pictured below). The walls of the fauces retain some frescoed plasterwork, but it is in very poor condition making it difficult to describe its original appearance. The house has a relatively standard layout, with the atrium leading to the tablinum which itself gives access to the peristyle at the rear.
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The cubicula (c) on the east side of the atrium are also in a rather poor state of repair and likewise have lost most of their decoration.  A short corridor in the south east corner of the atrium leads to the kitchen area (d).
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In the north west corner of the atrium are two more cubicula (c) and (h). Of all the cubicula ranged round the atrium, only room (h) retains its frescoed decoration which is in the fourth style and is composed of white central panels framed by architectural features on a white ground above a lower dark red decorated frieze (pictured left and below). The room has a vaulted ceiling.
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On either side of the central panels are medallions and floating figures while the central panels themselves feature mythological scenes. The scenes depicted are of Aphrodite (or possibly Venus) on the north wall, Daena and Zeus's Golden Rain (pictured left) on the west wall and Leda and the Swan on the south wall.
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Immediately south of this cubiculum is the ala (g). The ala is decorated in the fourth style featuring fantastic architecture on a yellow ground above a lower dark red decorative frieze (pictured opposite). In the upper zone, which continues the main architectural theme, sits Mercurius with cadaceus and winged sandals.
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Next to the ala, in the south west corner of the atrium, is the triclinium (f) which has a window overlooking the peristyle to the south. The triclinium has little remaining decoration, with only a few plaster remnants.
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Facing the entrance on the south side of the atrium is the tablinum (e) (pictured above and left). The tablinum retains much of its fourth style decoration. The walls are painted to imitate sky blue carpets interspersed with architectural fantasies and mythological figures, while below faux marble panelling gives way to vignettes of hunting scenes and Nile river landscapes (pictured below).
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Room (l) on the other hand has fared much better and has retained most of its fourth style decoration. The room has a vaulted ceiling while the walls are decorated with red and yellow panels separated by architectural themes above a faux marble frieze.
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