Bronze with copper inlays
Overall: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1987.3
This statuette likely stood with other small bronzes in a household shrine called a lararium.
This youthful bronze figure wears a short tunic with copper inlaid stripes and open-toed boots with animal-skin liners. The figure’s arms are missing, but based on other surviving examples, they likely held a libation dish and cornucopia. Even without these attributes, the figure can be identified through dress and stance as a type of Lar, or domestic deity, known as the Lar Familiaris (Household Lar), standing in a characteristic "quiet pose." Other types of Lares include the Lares Compitales and Lares Augusti (Lares of crossroads and of Augustus, respectively).
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