Decorative Stone Artefacts

Carved Marble fragments found in the entrance to the cellar.  It is impossible to say with any certainty of what  these fragments are a part.  It is possible that they are part of a funerary monument but it is just as likely that they are part of a mixing palette.  The marble is not of local origin and has been imported, possibly from Italy, Greece or Egypt.

Carved limestone fragments from the villa.  These pieces were found in close proximity to each other and were probably associated architecturally.  The example on the left has the same body decoration as that on the right, an overlapping pattern of leaves.  However, it differs in that it has a scroll on the side.  One suggestion is that it is a volute from a column capital, though this is highly speculative.  The example on the right is probably part of a finial, a decorative feature applied to the top of buildings and the like.  Given that the fragments were found in the immediate vicinity of the main doorway to the villa, it is tempting to speculate that they may have formed part of the embellishment to the entrance porch/steps. The stone in both cases is a soft limestone (Barnack) and there is evidence of red paint in the indentations which suggests that they were painted red when in-situ.