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Lar: A Bronze Figurine of a Household God

Household god, found in March 1888 near Quarry House, Frindsbury.


Small solid cast bronze figurine that depicts a standing male, presumably a deity. A ‘lar’ (pl ‘lares’), or household god; apparently a very rare survival.

Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Guildhall Museum,
17 High St,
ME1 1PY,
United Kingdom


Part of the everyday ritual of worship in a Roman British house – apparently a very rare survival. Traditional Roman households owned at least one protective Lares-figure, housed in a shrine or wall-niche; they were placed at table during family meals and banquets, and also functioned as divine witnesses at important family occasions, such as marriages, births and adoptions; the shrine provided a religious hub for social and family life.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History
  • KS2: Local History, Romans
  • KS3: Local History, Britain Before 1066


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