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The building functioned as the cloth market. On the façade
were displayed the statues of Æneas,
and Agustus. The vestibule
seemed like a gallery of commemorative statues. The entrance portal was
framed in marble, decorated with spirals of acanthus populated with
birds, insects and various small creatures. At the entrance is a small
room with a vase used to collect the urine utilized in bleaching cloth.
The fabrics were sold on stalls which aligned the edges
of the central courtyard, while the rear corridorwith windows was used as a warehouse. Placed in the apse in the
back was a statue of the Augustan
Concordia. The building was built a little after 22 A.D. by Eumachia,
priestess of Venus, who upon
the death of her husband inherited the management of a wool industry.
The guild of cloth manufacturers (fullones)
nominated her as their patron and dedicated a statue to her, that was
placed in the rear of the back apse.