Lar as Roman household god
The Lares - Lords over the domestic destinies
The Lares were Roman household gods who were worshipped within a family. Their field of activity was not clearly defined. A prayer to the Lar could on the one hand be a general request for health and well-being of the family, or on the other hand it could contain profane expectations such as the hope of a host for a successful feast. Thus, in Roman belief, the lar was responsible for the welfare of the family and household and was considered the central reference point of the Roman home. Even in the later course of Roman history, when the old beliefs and mythologies gradually took a back seat to Christian world views, the lares were still able to defend their status as cult objects for a long time.
Modeled after an original from antiquity
The gold-colored lar embodies a copy of an original from the 1st century. With a height of about 17 cm, he plays in the order of magnitude that reached usual lares in Roman antiquity. The golden figure is enthroned on a fine black marble base. Its original is exhibited in a Lyon museum.
- Dating: 1st century AD.
- Original in the museum in Lyon
- Height approx. 17 cm
The household god of the nobles
Due to archaeological findings and historical reconstructions we have nowadays a very clear idea of how such Laren statues were made. Moreover, the surviving Laren statues allow us to draw conclusions about the wealth and status of the family that worshipped the respective household gods. The more expensive the material from which they were made, the higher in rank and wealthier the family they served. This lar is modeled after those household gods who had the household fortune of the noblest families.
Why not equip your house with a cult object of Roman culture! And who knows? Maybe this house god will even bring you true luck to your home.
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