Lararium.House of the Vettii.
1st c Roman Roman Pompeian Third Style Painting
(active c. 300 BCE - 79 CE)
Pigment on Plaster
Roman Pompeian Third Style
Pompeii. Campania. Italy.
The native Roman gods and goddesses represented abstract qualities and were functional rather than being fully developed personalities as were the Greek gods. The oldest level were farming gods who guaranteed the fertility of the crops. Other gods like the lares and penates from a house in Pompeii were guardians of the household and the storerooms. In this illustration from a " lararium" or household altar in Pompeii, two lares dance on either side of a figure dressed in a toga. The serpent, which is able to communicate with the underground forces of nature, is taking food from an offering which has been prepared for him.
ROMAN IMPERIAL | House of the Vettii. Lararium. | 63-79 | Roman | Roman Imperial
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