A Roman Bronze Figure of Lar, ca. 1st - 3rd century CE
Solid cast bronze figure of Lar, depicted with his right leg advanced, wearing boots, a short tunic pinned at the shoulders, and a mantle tied around his waist with the skirt and ties billowing behind. His head is slightly downturned to his right and his short, wavy locks are upswept.
Lares were guardian deities in ancient Roman religion. Their origin is uncertain; they may have been hero-ancestors, guardians of the hearth, fields, boundaries, or fruitfulness, or an amalgamation of these. Lares were believed to observe, protect, and influence all that happened within the boundaries of their location or function
Condition: Overall deep blue-green surface patina with scattered deposits that do not detract. Missing left forearm and right hand, left lower leg and foot, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A very charming example.
Dimensions: Height: 4 3/4 inches (12.06 cm)
Provenance: NYC collection acquired Bonhams, London, June 1997, lot 422.
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