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  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 50-75
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 centimetres
    • Weight: 8 kilograms (Checked)
    • Width: 48 centimetres
    • Depth: 2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.


  • Bibliography

    • Painting 27 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G70/dc11

  • Exhibition history

    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'.

  • Condition

    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.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Wall painting of Ulysses and the Sirens


COMPASS Title: Wall painting of Ulysses and the Sirens

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