Nîmes’ Musée de la Romanité Part Three: At Home and In Town

…continued from Part Two

This part continues to look at the Roman objects on show in the museum, including some extraordinary mosaics and even frescoes….

Mortar and pestle in the form of a thumb, 1st/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Bottle in the form of a bird, 1st century AD, glass, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Pyxides, Roman era, glass, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Mirrors, Roman era, bronze, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Stele, end of 1st/ beginning of 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France. It is an epitaph of the Priestess Licinia Flavilla and the Quattuorvir Sextus Adgennius Macrinus.

Detail of Licinia Flavilla, end of 1st/ beginning of 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of Sextus Adgennius Macrinus, end of 1st/ beginning of 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Possibly a statue of Antonia Minor, mid-1st century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the statue of (possibly) Antonia Minor, mid-1st century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Pipe with the mark of I CRISPIVS PRIMIGENIV(S), lead, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Epitaph of Lucius Severius Severinus, aedile of the colony of Nimes, end of 1st/beginning of 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

There is a large section dedicated to funerary stele, which were really interesting.  Although I don’t usually like the use of multimedia technology, I did like the way that some of the stones had moving images projected onto them.  These helped you read the writing, translated it, gave an idea of its context, and were actually evocative, I thought.

An educative projection on the epitaph of Cornelia Saturnina, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Another type of projection on an epitaph, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Just a plain evocative projection on an epitaph in the Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

The Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a bird on Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a cup on the Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of birds and fruit on the Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the representation of a season on the Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the representation of a season on the Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of ducks on the Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a wren on the Mosaic of Bellerophon, end of 2nd-beginning of 3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Fresco of a candelabra, 1st/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a boat on a mosaic, first half of the 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of ducks on a mosaic, first half of the 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Mosaic, first half of the 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Mosaic, first half of the 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Medusa mosaic, end of 1st century/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Figure of a child wearing a cucullus, 1st/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Incense burners, Roman era, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Oscillum, end of 1st century, 2nd century, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Figure of a dancer, 3rd/4th century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Fragment of a fresco with a panther, 1st half of the 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the fragment of a fresco with a panther, 1st half of the 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Fragment of a hare, 1st/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Fresco of imitation blocks, 80-70 BC, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Mosaic from the Pentheus Domus, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a satyr from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a youth from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of Pentheus being attacked by his mother Agave, from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a female figure from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a figure from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

View from beside the Pentheus Domus mosaic towards the amphitheatre outside, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a youth from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a duck from the Pentheus Domus mosaic, Nimes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Statue of Neptune, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

The frescoes from the Villa Roma – actually a series of 10 houses and one public building – were the biggest surprise for me.  I hadn’t expected to see such good quality painting.  The room in which they are displayed has a sort of multimedia display which highlights sections of the design and explains it, which means that if you want to see something that they aren’t highlighting at that moment, you have to wait for the brief moment when all the lights go on.

My pictures don’t do justice to the painting.  If you are interested in the history of this recently excavated site, and want to look more closely at the painting styles that have been found there,  you may be interested in this article here.  It is only in French, though.

Fresco with heroes, 30-40 AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the central part of the fresco with heroes, 30-40 AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the central part of the fresco with heroes, 30-40 AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the fresco with heroes, 30-40 AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the fresco with heroes, 30-40 AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the frieze on the fresco with heroes, 30-40 AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Frieze of garlands and eagles, end of the 1st century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the eagles on the frieze of garlands and eagles, end of the 1st century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Frieze of garlands and a bovine skull, 1st/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Relief in marble, Roman era, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of a bird from a relief in marble, Roman era, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Male head (possibly Alexander), end of 1st, beginning of 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Figurine of Cupid, 1st-2nd century AD, hippo ivory, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Medallion of Cavillargues, 2nd/3rd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France. It shows the combat of Eros and Xanthus. On the top is written STANTES MISSI.

Funerary stele of Lucius Pompeius, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France. “Retired Gladiator, Lucius Pompeius, fought 9 times, born in Vienne, died at the age of 25. Optat, his wife, had this made”.

Lares Augustes, offered at the Fountain d’Eure (the source of the aqueduct of Nîmes), 1st cenutry AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Mosaic with a theatrical mask, 1st-2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Oscilium with a theatrical mask, 1st/2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Dedication addressed to Titus Julius Dolabella, magistrate from Nîmes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

Detail of the dedication addressed to Titus Julius Dolabella, magistrate from Nîmes, 2nd century AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

From the door of the Maison Carrée cella, end of the 1st century BC-1st AD, Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, France

For Part Four, please click here – it looks at the post-Roman world.

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