Pompeii Casts. Calco F. Child of about 10? Victim found 8th of July 1926 in I.7.10-12 the Casa dell’Efebo.


The victim was found in the small cubiculum 3 overlooking the atrium of I.7.10-12 the Casa dell’Efebo.


The victim appears to lie on his right side, with his left arm flexed and raised high, his hand closed like a fist, while his right arm, not distinguishable in the photograph (PAP neg. A 1228) which documents the cast in situ, presumably immediately after it was made, had to be folded with the hand raised to the mouth. The legs, of which the cast reproduces only the upper part, from the knees up, are slightly flexed and spread apart.


Matteo della Corte, in the report on the discovery, described the victim as a child of about [eight to] ten who fell headlong from the upper floor while trying to escape while carrying a few foodstuffs in a wicker basket, found next to the body.


The mediocre success of the cast was probably due to the special position in which the body was lying, with the head in the lapilli and the lower half of the body in the ash.


The surface of the cast appears very rough and irregular but the imprints of the clothes on the chest and abdomen appear visible.


The sex of the victim is unknown.


See Osanna, N., Capurso, A., e Masseroli, S. M., 2021. I Calchi di Pompei da Giuseppe Fiorelli ad oggi: Studi e Ricerche del PAP 46, p. 552-3, Calco F.

See Foto Archivio PAP, neg. A 1228, © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.





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