Code: 31 A
Many inscriptions tell us the presence in Rome, during the imperial period, artisans gathered into corporations: gold and silver chi sellers, gilders, pearl merchants and rings manufacturers. There are some reliefs or frescoes portray them at work.The oldest fresco is just the frieze from the house of the Vettii in Pompeii. Here we have 7 figures of cupids intent in a loving gold processing in its various operations.
In the Roman world they used terms such as faber aurarius to indicate the one who worked the gold.
Each had its own specialized function: the brattiarius had specialized in beating gold,
the barbaricarius embroidered with gold, caelator, ie the engraver and so on.
The scene reveals a great expressive synthesis.