- Accession Number: JHUAM K27
- Measurements: Height: 8.9cm, Width: 6.8cm
- Material: Copper alloy
- Culture/Date: Etruscan, 3rd-2nd c. BCE
- Provenance: Unknown
Statuettes of this type have been found in both Etruscan and Roman sites. This statuette of a priest bears a patera, or shallow ritual offering dish, in his right hand and an incense box in his left. This figure features many of the iconographic hallmarks of Roman depictions of Lares. However, the figure’s dress, modeling, and fabrication suggest an Etruscan date (ca. 3rd-2nd c. BCE). The similarities in posture and attributes between this priest and later representations of Lares illustrate the continuity between Etruscan and Roman religious practices.