Sonja

Sonja

Posted on 06/17/2015


Photo taken on October 11, 2014



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Bavaria
Kempten
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A Larary / Ein Lararium

A Larary / Ein Lararium
Vulgo a roman home shrine / Also ein roemischer Herrgottswinkel fuer das Privathaus

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Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
That looks actually pretty. Who do we see in the shrine and what material are they made of, you know?
2 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
It's a common animistic concept that any human habitation or altered landscape piece, be it a cornfield, pasture, public building or road, has a very own spirit or several who protects everyone who uses it, the way a prominent natural feature has a faun or nymph. The old romans called the spirits of a domicile lares familiares and usually had them in the form of good looking young boys with a rhyton or cornucopia, usually there was also a snake or several protecting the ground of the property. Sometimes they where carved or painted right onto the walls as lares would not move about with the family anyway, sometimes they where embodied as loose figurines of all kinds of materials as the house owner could efford -- be it metal, terracotta, alabaster, wax or wood. Sometimes a vertility goddess, hearth mother or forebearer spirit effigy lived right in the larary with them, or also a smal image of a god pertaining to the business of the owner, according to the believes and customs of the people and culture the owner orgined from, but it was important to have the house spirits kept happy with little offerings in a space made as pretty as possible with all sorts of pagans integrated to the empire.
This here is an example for an exhibit in a museum with no huge budget, a greek style open temple made of a bit decorated plaster with the typical snake as a painting and little humanoid deities from poured metal, the kind only somewhat well off folks could efford but that survived better whole as others and get sold as replicas in museum gift shops. What the brown thing in front of the 3 persons is supposed to depict I am not sure, but I guess the 3 humanoids are a portly and nicely draped goddess flanked by the house larus and the mobile penatus of the family or somesuch... or it's just two lares flanking her.
2 years ago.