|ROMAN SILVER FIGURE OF A ROMAN GENIUS OF THE PATER FAMILIAS
Wearing his toga capite velato, standing on an ancient base; a scroll in his left and a patera in his right hand.
1st Century AD
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.)
Ex collection of John Moore, York, England acquired in 1980s.
In the Roman religion the genuis is the individual instance of a general divine nature that is present in everyone. Much like a guardian angel, the genius would follow each man from the hour of his birth until the day he died.
Cf A. Kaufmann-Heinimann, Die römischen Bronzen in der Schweiz I Augst, 1977. p. 79 no. 80; H. Kunckel, Der römische Genius, 1974, pl. 58 ff. Gruppe F V.