It is a two-floor building impressively decorated. The decoration of the building conveys Schliemann’s great passion for antiquity and agrees with his attempt to portray himself as a man of arts and letters.
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 richest collections are those of the ancient coins dated from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. These are the coins of the city-states, the kings and rulers of the ancient Greek and Hellenistic world, the Roman Republic, the Roman emperors and the Roman Imperial provinces.
Of similar importance are the collections of the Byzantine and Medieval coins dated from the 6th century to the 15th century. There is a large number of coins of the Byzantine empire and representative issues of all the emperors and mints, issues of states and monarchs of the Medieval West and East as well as issues of the Frankish kingdoms created in Greece since the 13th century. The period from the 15th to the 20th century is covered through the coins of most of the Modern and contemporary era states. An emphasis is shown to coins circulated in Greece, such as issues of the Ottoman empire, coins of European states and empires and coins and banknotes of the Modern Greek state.
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