Saturday, December 4, 2010

CAVE CANEM -- Connected

Contrary to how it may seem, this mosaic is actually in Palos Verdes. It is one of three in front of a treasure of a house of Dr. Carlo Davis, the son of the architect Walter Swendell Davis. A while back, I was able to find out about the house in the Palos Verdes Library's Local History Room, but it wasn't until now that I discovered that this mosaic is a good replica of the "Beware of the Dog" mosaic floor from Pompeii. Which brings me back to the PV Library (and the Friends of the Library monthly book sale) where I picked up a short, really well written The Story of Archaeology (1958 edition) by Agnes Allen, with nice illustrations by Jack Allen -- with a drawing of THE dog on page 204. I love when one discovery connects to another and another...

11 comments:

Bibi said...

This is cool. Yesterday I photographed a 'fauna' mosaic, so maybe I will post it as well!

brattcat said...

Very, very cool! My daughter spent a couple of summers digging in Pompeii. So I too am hearing those echoes you refer to.

Abraham Lincoln said...

An interesting post.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my blogging buddies...

Patty, and Abe Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

Cezar and Léia said...

I totally agree with our friends, it's wonderful!
Léia

TheChieftess said...

How fun to find all those connections! We were in Pompeii this summer...a fascinating place to visit!

EG Wow said...

Neat mosaic and it sounds like you picked up a tuue treasure at the used book sale! I LOVE library sales. :))

Pasadena Adjacent said...

"I love when one discovery connects to another and another..."

I couldn't agree more. It's so exciting when the search reveals unexpected associations. I call it connecting the dots. It's how my brain works too

spacedlaw said...

Plaques with the same drawing can now easily be bought in Naples and about, but I see someone actually went through the effort of making this as a real mosaic. I wonder if they sell those now, mosaics are a little like a jigsaw puzzle?

Bibi said...

Me again. I posted my mosaic of sorts today, Dec. 6th.

Jack said...

An interesting posting, Tash. If the original Pompeiian mosaic looks like that, it is strikingly "modern," isn't it?

Thanks for your informative comments on my blog yesterday. Glad you were interested in Theodate Pope. I was reminded that she is the architect of the very unusual buildings at Avon Old Farm School. I will try to get over there in the coming weeks for some photos.

Wanda said...

How very interesting.... You are such a source of information. Love reading about things I'm not familiar with.