TITLE: God of lararium
PERIOD: 1st - 3rd Century BC
SIZE: Height 16.5 cm
PROVENANCE:Spanish privat collection acquired in Pierre Berge & Associes, Archeologie. 12/16/2015, Lot 246. Acquired in 1980, Marianne Maspero Gallery, Paris. France.
CONDITION: Good state of preservation.
The Lares were familiar Roman deities, sons of Lara or Larunda, one of the Naiads, and the god Mercury. They have their origin in the Etruscan cults of the familiar gods. They therefore belong to the private or domestic worship of the Roman religion, to the group of "dii familiaris" or gods of the family. The "lares loci" had as their main function the protection of the territory in which the family home was located. In fact, before private property was regulated by law, the Lares were in charge of preventing strangers from entering foreign lands, since according to popular belief they could cause deadly diseases to intruders. The lares were represented in the form of small statues like the one we present here, which were placed both inside and outside the house, inside small altars called "lararia", where offerings were made and prayers were rendered. Inside the house, the lararium used to be located in the atrium, as close as possible to the front door. They could also be placed in the bedrooms, since there could be several in the same house, as long as they were located in busy places.
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- Romain antique
- Nombre d’objets
- Dieu du lararium - Ex. Ventes Pierre Bergé
- 16.5×4×7 cm
- Siècle/ Période
- 1st - 3rd Century BC
- Bon état, voir la photo