Lararium, Household Shrine

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Lararium, Roman Household Shrine, Assembling Kit

Wooden assembling kit of a roman household shrine (Lararium). The components made of high-quality plywood are prefabricated and the Lararium is assembled quickly. The wood is natural and opens up many possibilities for design with colors and glazes. The dimensions are about 20 x 26.5 x 30 cm (length x depth x height), so that the decorative little temple also fits comfortably on a shelf. A built-in step at the front with a depth of 65 mm also gives enough space for slightly larger god figures or a censer. The Roman Lararium is a beautiful addition to any Roman collection and also serves as a befitting place of your roman god statues and figures.

 

Lararium -  A Roman Household Shrine

The peculiarities of the Roman religion include not only the public ceremonies and sacrifices in the large central temples, but also private celebrations in the domestic sphere. The principle was "quid pro quo" - if you demand services from gods and servile spirits, then you have to provide appropriate gifts. The figures of gods, which were housed in a Lararium, clearly illustrate this demand by small sacrificial bowls (Paterae), which were stretched towards the people.
The most important private deities were the Lares, after whom the Lararium was named. The Lares were local gods and protectors of house and yard as well as its inhabitants. They protect the house from fire and disease and have also proven to be extremely useful beings. In addition to the house gods, the Lares Familiares, there were also Lares who watched over landscapes, water springs, streets or even whole cities. Lararia are therefore also encountered in many Roman cities in public places. In addition, in the domestic Lararium, the genius of the Pater Familias, the head of the familiy,  was also worshiped, as it was his personal guardian spirit.
The world of roman religion also housed a large number of other gods and spirits, such as the Penates as protective gods, especially of the pantry. Often, the family also had special connections to certain deities, such as Mercury as the god of commerce or Minerva as the goddess of crafts and wisdom, whose figures were also placed in the Lararium. A vow could be fulfilled in this way by rich offerings in the form of food, wine or incense.
 
 
 

 

 

Lararia are preserved in particular in the italian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum,which are destroyed by the eruption of the vulcano Vesuv. Roman Household Shrines (Lararia) made from wood have survived in exceptional cases only, but Lararia made from stone can still be visited today. Also remains of colours give a good idea of the painting of a Lararium. In some cases, Lararia were painted on the wall directly, colored pictures of Lares and other gods served the same purpose here. Lararium Bausatz Replik-Shop.de

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