pair of Pompeiian bronze fallow deer, cast bronze after ancient Roman models discovered in the garden of the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum near Pompeii on the Bay of Naples
Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried (and later forgotten) by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August of 79 AD. Rediscovered in the late 18th century, these cities ushering in the craze for Neo Classical architecture and design in the West.
The original bronze deer are in the Italian National Archeology Museum in Naples.
The Villa dei Papiri was recreated in Malibu, CA by J. Paul Getty to house / display his collection of Roman antiquities. It is known today as the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.