**Originally Listed At $300**
Europe, Italy, ca. 18th century CE. A wonderful ensemble of six etchings, each one depicting a Roman soldier, consul, legionnaire, or clergyman in traditional clothing, arms and armor, and/or accoutrements. All are labeled with descriptive captions written in Italian below and the title "Trages de Italia" above. One, for example, depicts a priest standing in contrapposto and donning flowing vestments, making a sacrifice to the sun in the name of Emperor Heliogabalo (Severan emperor of Rome, 218-222 CE). He holds a patera in his right hand and a laurel branch in his left; at his foot is an oil lamp to fuel the fire above. The priest may in fact represent Heleiogabalo (also called Vario Avito Basiano) who adopted the name of the sun god of Ernesa, El-Gabal where he was a priest. Size: sheets measure 8.25" L x 5.75" W (21 cm x 14.6 cm); in mats 14.875" L x 13" W (37.8 cm x 33 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Denenberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA.
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