Artist unknown / Standing Deity Holding Horn and Bucket / 1st CenturyArtist unknown
Standing Deity Holding Horn and Bucket
1st Century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: painter
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Standing Deity Holding Horn and Bucket
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 99
Creation Date: 1st Century
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: pigment on fresco
Dimensions: H.33-3/4 x W.18-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 79.21
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rubin

This panel comes from Pompeii, a prosperous city in southern Italy destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and only rediscovered in 1748. It is a fragment of a larger wall painting removed during a 19th century excavation. The figure probably represents a Lar, a Roman ancestral god honored as a guardian of the family's welfare, and worshiped in a household shrine called a lararium. The god caries a drinking horn and a wine bucket, and wears a short, swirling cloak, all traditional attributes of a Lar. His pose indicates that he appeared as one of several figures in a horizontal mural within a lararium.

The inner walls of Pompeiian houses were richly decorated with paintings executed in fresco, a water-based tempera technique. The composition was drawn directly into a layer of damp lime plaster with pigments derived from mineral, vegetable and animal sources. The colors became bound to the plaster as it dried, and the work remained an integral part of the wall surface.

AMICA ID: MIA_.79.21
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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