Banyoles Regional Archaeology Museum (MACB)

The god Lar

The god Lar protected the house and its inhabitants. Photo de Josep Curto. Vilauba Roman villa. Monastery of Sant Esteve de Banyoles. Banyoles Regional Archaeology Museum (MACB).

 

The god Lar protected the house and its inhabitants. Photo de Josep Curto. Vilauba Roman villa. Monastery of Sant Esteve de Banyoles. Banyoles Regional Archaeology Museum (MACB).

 

The statuettes found in the larari in Vilauba, damaged by a fire in the 3rd century AD, included a small bronze figurine measuring 11 centimetres in height corresponding to the god Lar, the deity who protected the home. The god, standing on a cylindrical pedestal, appears dressed in a short tunic with his arms open in an offering position. In one of his hands he holds a cornucopia or the horn of plenty, whereas in the other he originally held a libation bowl, which has not been preserved.

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