Lar - a god for the house
The ancient Roman Lar
The Lares were long considered highly revered household deities and guardian spirits of a family in Roman religions.
Bronze statuette Roman Lar
Roman Lar on a pedestal features a replica of a Roman Lar from the 1st century AD.
- Replica of a museum piece
- Solid cast from real bronze
- Each figure is unique
- Height approx. 13 cm
The production of the statue replica is done in elaborate steps according to traditional foundry craft.
The basis is a statue wax model. Coated with investment, this is then heated and the wax is melted out. The caster fills the metal, previously heated to boiling point, into the resulting negative hollow mold. After the bronze has cooled completely, the mold is knocked off and the raw casting is removed. After cleaning, the bronze is carefully polished.
Each negative mold is used only once, making each Roman Lar figurine unique.
The quality manufacturer Forum Traiani® produces its castings in Germany.
Lar - the household god
In ancient religion, the Lares were originally subterranean spirits. They initially haunted the living, but over time transformed into positive guardian spirits.
The guardian spirits or tutelary gods of Roman religions served to guard certain places, houses and streets, even entire cities or other localities.
The names of the lares usually carried the purpose as a name suffix. For example, the ""lares compitales"" were the guardian spirits of the crossroads. There were also lares, which were assigned to certain, usually important persons.
Almost every house had its own house altar or cult shrine, the so-called lararium, for the worship of its household deities.
The ""lares familiäres"" symbolized together with the patron gods of the provisions the household of a family. They were highly revered and equated with the deified souls of ancestors who had already died.
The Lares were very masculine and procreative. The female partners were the Virae. In 392, the worship of the Lares was banned by the Codex Theodosianus.
The Roman Lar made of bronze
The Roman Lar made of real bronze is enthroned on its pedestal and reverently symbolizes the former protection of the house.
Impressively decorated, your Lar statuette is an antique home accessory with profound symbolism. Set off your Roman Lar in the right way.
The picture shows a similar original from a museum.
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