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HOUSE OF THE LARGE FOUNTAIN - POMPEII

HOUSE OF THE LARGE FOUNTAIN - POMPEII

The garden of this house is embellished with large fountain decorated with coloured mosaics and compositions made of glass paste tiles. Rows of shell running all round the nymphaeum form a highly original decoration which is completed by two large theatrical masks embedded in the bases of two columns. The water for the fountain flowed through a hole in the middle of the apse and fell over a flight of marble steps, creating an impressive effect, before being collected in a small pool decorated with a bronze statue of a cupid carrying a dolphin on his back. The statues on display here are copies. The garden of the adjoining house, called the House of the Small Fountain, has large landscape paintings and a smaller fountain with decorations very similar to the ones in the previous house. Here the water flows out from a marble mask of Silenus.

 
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