Pompeii Fresco with Lares

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Carole Raddato
published on 13 December 2018

Fresco depicting two Lares (protective deities, sons of the god Mercury) pouring wine from a drinking horn (rhyton) into a bucket (situla). They stand on either side of a scene of sacrifice. The head of the family makes offerings, a musician plays while two smaller figures bring items for sacrifice, including a pig. In the panel underneath, a pair of serpents, bringers of good fortune, prosperity and abundance, are standing on either side of the altar. From Pompeii. Now in the Naples Archaeological Museum.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2018, December 13). Pompeii Fresco with Lares. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9711/pompeii-fresco-with-lares/

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