CHAPTER VII.
ROMAN DECORATIVE ART AND SCULPTURE.

AGAIN starting from Pompeii as the main center of such finds, we have to mention the wealth of utensils and furniture of daily life which is in the Naples Museum. Naturally it is the bronzes and metals which have survived. Nothing is left of the luxurious upholstery and wooden furniture which the paintings illustrate. In the bronze vases, tripods, lamps, and utensils of the Naples Museum we again learn how much taste and fine art adorned the lives of the every-day people of antiquity. Constant variety of invention and originality of designs are united with constant attention to use and structural form. The ornament emphasizes and develops the construction. In the pitcher-shaped vases it is, for instance, the handle itself which forms the ornamental motive or else it is the joints of its attachment. In the tripods, tables, and settees the feet and legs and joints are the points or lines of the ornament. These various objects again illustrate the way in which Greek art had permeated the life of Italy and its dependent provinces and, with slight distinctions as to style, would equally well illustrate the art of the centuries before and after the time of the Pompeiian pieces. The bronze weights, finely executed in the shape of human heads, are an instance of the fertile devices for combining use with beauty.

Utensils similar to those of Pompeii have been otherwise most largely found in Etruscan tombs, but this simply

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