Antiquarium, room II

Villa in the Area of Villa Regina
A small farm located near the Antiquarium where the exhibited ornaments come from.

A Small Marble Herm
A small herm portraying a bearded Bacchus with the aspect of a satyr, found in a recess used as lararium in the peristyle of the villa

Clay Vase
A clay vase with two handles used to keep and preserve food. It was found in a storage room of the villa.

Thin Ceramic Cup
A cup with traces of some sort of handle on the internal base. The purpose of this very peculiar and rarely documented shape is still unknown. It was found in the storage room of the villa.

Clay Oil Lamp
A clay oil lamp with half volutes and an ogival nozzle, decorated with an ovolo motif on the shoulder. It was found in a cubiculum of the villa.

Clay Oil Lamp
A clay oil lamp with small boss decorations on the shoulder and an embossed cross sign on the bottom. It can be dated back to the 3rd-4th century A.D. and attests the occupancy of the area after the eruption.

Villa della Pisanella
This is the most famous villa in Boscoreale. It was a typical farm with one area for the luxury of the dominus (owner) and another for the production of oil and wine.

Olive-press Made of Volcanic Rock
An olive-press (trapetum) comprising a tank with the shape of a truncated cone (catillus) and two grindstones shaped as spherical caps (orbes). The tank was found in the area used for oil production, while the grindstones were temporarily laid out in the courtyard of the villa.

Cast of a Female Head
The cast was made from the skeleton of a woman found in the torcularium of the villa. The woman had some cloth covering her mouth, certainly in order to protect herself from the ashes of the eruption that caused her death.

Heads of Wagon Shafts
Two bronze elements, decorated with ram protomes from the extremities of two wagon shafts.


Bronze Seal
A ring with a rectangular plaque, on which the name L. Brittius Eros was embossed. It was used to place the producer's name on various foodstuffs and artefacts.

Bed Components
Bronze feet and bands decorated with damascening motifs that adorned the wooden part of a triclinium bed.

Bronze Handle
A richly decorated door handle.

Scale Model
A scale model reproducing the ‘Villa della Pisanella’. The residential sector of the farm develops around the big uncovered wine cellar with eighty-four sunken dolia. There are frescoed rooms, thermal areas with mosaic decorations, and the small rooms for the slaves. There is the area for the working of agricultural products, one part with the two wine presses, the other with the olive-press.

The Other Villas of the Territory
Finds of unknown origin

Clay Dolium
A big pot with lid, used mostly for the preservation of liquids (wine, oil) but also of solids (cereals). These containers were often put in the wine cellars of the rural villas and buried to the shoulder. The lid shows an ancient renovation, carried out with lead clamps.

Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor
This residential villa is famous for its important wall paintings in the Second Style, which are now preserved in various museums, notably in the Metropolitan Museum of New York and in the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Bronze Jug
A jug, of which only the top and the handle are preserved. It was used to pour the wine. Inside the edge there is an engraved inscription with the name of P. Fannius Synistor, who is, perhaps incorrectly, considered the owner of the villa where it was found.

Villa Located in Via Casone Grotta
This villa was recently rediscovered in the Boscoreale area and the objects on display were found when the villa’s private sacellum (shrine) was excavated.

Small Marble Statue with Jewellery
A small statue of a female deity at a banquet, identifiable as Bona Dea. The simulacrum was decorated with golden miniature jewellery: a tiara and a necklace with a small ring hung on it.

Villa of Numerius Popidius Florus
A medium sized villa with rooms for the dominus (owner) and an area devoted to wine production. It was owned by Numerius Popidius Florus, as documented by the two votive inscriptions found.

Villa of Marcus Livius Marcellus
This villa has only been partially excavated because it is located underneath the modern town of Boscoreale. The villa is thought to have belonged to the Livia family based on the discovery of a seal bearing the name M. Livius Marcellus.

Villa on the Property of D’Acunzo
It was a farm with a tavern (caupona) located alongside a road.