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Statuette of the Lar/Genius of Aurelius Valerius and Base

Object Details

Title:

Statuette of the Lar/Genius of Aurelius Valerius and Base

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Date:

A.D. 150–250

Medium:

Bronze

Object Number:

96.AB.200

Dimensions:

30.8 cm (12 1/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Object Description

Standing on tiptoe, this youth holds up a goat-headed rhyton in his right hand, while in his outstretched left he holds a patera. He wears a short tunic decorated with rows of triangles, which originally would have been inlaid, as would have his eyes. A long sash or mantle is knotted around his waist and looped over his arms. He is shod with tall, open-toed boots with animal-skin liners. His hair rises in an anastole at the front and falls to his shoulders below. The base has a border along the upper edge, and is inscribed with the phrase "To the Genius of Aur[elius] Valerius, praetorian soldier". The inscription is a mixture of Latin and Greek, written in Greek letters, and identifies the figure as the genius (protective spirit) of a specific soldier, Aurelius Valerius, who was a member of the praetorian guard.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1987

Michael Ward, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1987.

1987 -1996

Barbara Fleischman and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995
The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire (March 24 to July 5, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 24 to July 5, 2010
Bibliography
Bibliography

True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, exh. cat. (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), pp. 316-18, cat. no. 164.

Bodel, John, and Stephen Tracy. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist (New York: American Academy in Rome, 1997), p. 11.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 66.

Mattusch, Carol C. Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014), pp. 49-51, fig. 28.

Sofroniew, Alexandra. Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 26, 36-38, figs. 17a-b.

Flower, Harriet I. The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden. Religion at the Roman Street Corner (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017), pp. 49-50, illus. pl. 3.