Panel from a painted wall: Ulysses resists the songs of the Sirens. Ulysses is tied to the mast of his ship. The Sirens perch on high rocks, with the bones of earlier victims around them. The painting shows one siren playing the twin pipes, another the lyre, and the third presumably singing. This painting is a companion to 1867.5-8.1355.
- Excavated/Findspot: Pompeii
- (Europe,Italy,Campania,Naples (province),Pompeii)
- Height: 48 centimetres
- Weight: 8 kilograms (Checked)
- Width: 48 centimetres
- Depth: 2 centimetres
This panel formed part of a wall of a villa at Pompeii, which was painted in the so-called third style, where central panels showing landscapes, still life such as fruit and fish, or mythological scenes, were framed by elongated frames of columns, candelabra and floral motifs. Evidently cut from the wall some time in the nineteenth century, this panel has lost its original archaeological context.
Promised: Treasures touring exhibition 2014.
2009 24 Sept - 2010 17 Jan, Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, 'Pittura Romana, I Colori dell' Impero'
2012, 26th March - 17th July, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Treasures of the British Museum'
November 2012-April 2013, Germany, Bonn, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, 'Treasures of the World's Cultures'.
Some damage, in the form of graffiti along the bottom of the surround, had already been inflicted on this panel by the time it was removed from the wall.
16 March 2000
Reason for treatment
Inspect for cracks caused by vibration from the Great Court project. Conserve white fractured areas on the black border of the wallpainting. Clean. Adhere Sorbothane rubber to the back and lower edge of the wallpainting., E, C
The wallpainting was in good condition. A transluscent coating on the black border was fracturing away from the painted surface. The surface of the wallpainting was dirty.
The wallpainting was cleaned with Wishab sponge. The fracturing transluscent coating, probably a wax, (see the matching wallpainting 1867,0508.1355 Prn45222 for a coating analysis) was readhered to the surface by softening it with white spirit. Sorbothane rubber, the surfaces of which had been dusted with gilder's whiting to give a surface with better adhesive properties, was stuck to the back and bottom edge of the wallpainting with Paraloid B72 adhesive.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
Panel from a painted wall: Ulysses resists the songs of the Sirens. Ulysses is tied to the mast of his ship. The Sirens perch on high rocks, with the bones of earlier victims around them. This painting is a companion to 1867.5-8.1355.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: email@example.com
Object reference number: GAA1128
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.