Altar or Base of the Vicomagistri
Marble.
The age of Tiberius (14—37 CE).
Rome, Vatican Museums, Gregorian Profane Museum

Altar or Base of the Vicomagistri.

Marble.
The age of Tiberius (14—37 CE).

Rome, Vatican Museums, Gregorian Profane Museum
(Musei Vaticani, Museo gregoriano profano)

Origin:
Found in 1939 under the Palazzo della Cancelleria.
Description:
The section dedicated to Roman sculptures from the 1st and early 2nd centuries contains fragments discovered in 1939 under the Palazzo della Cancelleria, part of a frieze from the base of an altar or sculpture. These reliefs — conventionally known as the Altar or the Base of the Vicomagistri — show a procession made up of two figures dressed in togas (with three lictors behind them), two assistants, three trumpeters, a number of victimarii pushing an ox, a bull and a cow, and other figures also wearing togas, among them four pueri riciniati. The scene, considered to be a sacrificial procession involving the magistri vici, probably dates from the age of Tiberius. It is interesting to note how the figures are linked to one another through their various poses in an attempt at spatial unification.
Credits:
© 2007. Photo, text: Pomella A. «Vatican Museums». Edizioni Musei Vaticani. P. 204—205.
Keywords: marble Altar Base Vicomagistri Vicomagister frieze sacrificial procession sacrifice magistri magister vici togas toga lictors lictor assistant assistants trumpeters trumpeter victimarii victimarius bull cow ox pole ax axe trumpet fasces
History of Ancient Rome