The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 4, 2024

Lar

Lar

1–25 CE
Location: 103 Roman

Did You Know?

This statuette likely stood with other small bronzes in a household shrine called a lararium.

Description

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).
  • 1987-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    -1987
    Robert Haber & Associates, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Kozloff, Arielle P., David Gordon Mitten, and Suzannah Fabing. The Gods Delight: The Human Figure in Classical Bronze. Cleveland, Ohio: Published by the Cleveland Museum of Art in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1988. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 326-329, cat. no. 62
  • The Year in Review for 1987. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 24-April 17, 1988).
    Basel Antiques Fair, April 1985
    The Gods Delight: The Human Figure in Classical Bronze. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 16, 1988-January 8, 1989)
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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1987.3