The ceiling-paintings and wall-paintings are the work of the Slovenian painter Jurij Subitz, well-known for his work in Vienna and Paris. The wall decoration is characterized by the reproduction of themes from the wall-paintings in residences in Pompey and the writing of selected excerpts from works of ancient Greek writers, such as Homer, Hesiod, Pindar and Lucian. Artifacts found during Schliemann’s excavations as well as motifs derived from them are depicted on the mosaic floors, made by Italian artisans. The metallic decorative motifs of the interior and exterior areas were manufactured in a Piraeus workshop. The mansion’s decoration was completed by terracotta copies of ancient statues, made in Vienna, three of which were placed in the garden and twenty-four on the perimeter of the roof.
The remaining artifacts of miniature sculpture and art comprise exceptional collections. The ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval weights for various products and coins are an essential source of information on the weight standards and the trade transactions in different periods. Gems were used as symbols of power, jewelry and as means of defining identity, authenticity or value. The rich collection of Byzantine lead bullae functions as a valuable tool for Byzantine Sigillography and Sphragistics. Medals preserve a great amount of information on historical personages and events, depictions of buildings, cities and entire regions expressing the art of each period from the Renaissance up to this day. In order for the Museum to manage its collections, it has a section of ancient coins, weights and miniature art, a section of Byzantine and Medieval coins and gems and a section of Modern coins and medals.
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