8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE DANCING LAR
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Depicted standing with his weight on his advanced left leg, the right leg relaxed with the heel lifted, wearing sandals and a short tunic pinned at the shoulders, the drapery scalloping at his waist and the hem, and billowing behind, the garment revealing the form of his body below, with short wavy locks surrounding his head, which is slightly downturned to his right, the left arm raised above his head, the right lowered, both once holding attributes, affixed to the original socle plinth
7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high
Said to be from France.
Anonymous sale; Peschetau-Badin-Ferrien, Paris, 25 November 1990, lot 165.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1991 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. VI, part 2, no. 32).
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The now-missing attributes may have been a situla in his right hand and a cornucopia or sheaf of wheat in his left. For two Lares found in Herculaneum, preserving their attributes, see nos. 213-214 in Ward-Perkins and Claridge, Pompeii, A.D. 79.
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