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Bronze statuette of a Lar

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 3/4 x 4 9/16 x 2 1/8 in. (24.8 x 11.6 x 5.4 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.192.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The lar familiaris was a household deity that protected the members of the family, ensuring their health and prosperity. From the time of Augustus onward, the lararium (a small shrine found in every Roman house) contained two lares, each with the same attributes of a rhyton (drinking vessel) and patera (offering dish).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1921. "Classical Accessions: Bronzes." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 (2): p. 38.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 9-10, fig. 11, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 9-10, fig. 11, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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