Mosaic dog of Pompeii restored to its original beauty

Mosaic dog of Pompeii restored to it beauty

The dog used to protect the site from intruders

Considered one of the world's most famous mosaics, the snarling, black-and-white dog, protector of the Pompeii archaeological site, has been restored and taken to its former glory.
 
Black hair, curled form, and bared teeth, the ancient dog dates back to 2,000 years ago and used to discourage intruders from setting foot in the Domus of the Tragic Poet, supported by the infamous inscription 'Cave Canem' or 'Beware of the Dog'.
 
Now, the symbol of the city, known worldwide, buried under the lava of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, has been restored and returned to the public eye in the archaeological remains of Pompeii. Rain and mud were gradually cleaned away to bring the mosaic back to public viewing just in time for the dog days at the end of July.
 
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