Pig sacrifice, Roman fresco

Pig sacrifice, Roman fresco

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Caption: Pig sacrifice, Roman fresco. Pig about to be sacrificed by a servant and a musician, under the guidance of a genius (guardian of the family) holding a cornucopia and a patera. Two lares (household gods) are standing either side with drinking horns and buckets. The panel below shows two snakes, the Roman symbols of fertility. This fresco, from Pompeii, is displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy.

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