North crowning slab of the sacrificial table, external side with scene of a sacrificeRome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
Rome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
(Roma, Museo dell’Ara Pacis).
On the external side of the south crowning slab, the best preserved portion of the frieze shows instead a procession with three animals, with two bovids and a sheep, being led to sacrifice by twelve bare-chested victimarii with the typical limus knotted around their hips. In their hands they carry the sacrificial instruments: the trays, the knife, the club and the laurel branch for the aspersion. They are headed by a man clad in a toga (perhaps a priest) and by two apparitores with their rods. Two assistants to the cult open and close the procession.
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