Head of Sol (Sun god) figure - ROM2010_11493_13


Head of Sol (Sun god) figure

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: From al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: c. 200-300 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
10 x 4 x 2.5 cm
Object number: 916.1.508
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: bronze sculpture

Bronze Statuettes for Roman Household Shrines

The Roman era witnessed a great increase in the making of small-scale bronze statuettes, compared to the lesser numbers produced during the (Greek) Hellenistic period. Roman bronzes were easily transportable, widely coveted, and carried to all corners of the Empire. Therefore, determining a bronze’s place of production can be difficult today.

Statuettes in the Imperial West were used mainly as cult images in the household shrine, called a lararium. These shrines take their name from the household deities, the Lares. However, other deities were also featured, such as the patron of commerce, Mercury.

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