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1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Rome Religion Pagan Sacrifice Offering Ritual LCH1
1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Rome Religion Pagan Sacrifice Offering Ritual LCH1
1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Rome Religion Pagan Sacrifice Offering Ritual LCH1

1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Rome Religion Pagan Sacrifice Offering Ritual LCH1

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This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which offers a glimpse into some of the common religious practices that occurred during ancient Rome. More specifically, sacrifices. There has been documentation of human sacrifice in Rome, but it was far more common to use animals. Only the choicest beats were selected, and were usually dressed up for occasion. Interestingly, if a Roman was paying tribute to an earthly deity such as Mars or Neptune, then the animal they killed had to be fertile. If the sacrifice was for the gods of the high heavens, like Juno or Jupiter, only an infertile animal could be used, and its hide had to be white.

Key Elements in Each Panel

Top - A ritual of purification in which three male animals, a bull, a ram, and a boar are lead around the place to be purified, after which they would be slaughtered and burnt up as an offering to Mars.

Middle - Emperor Trajan giving up offerings to the goddess Cybele (left and center) - the moment prior to the popa, or priest's assistant, delivering the death blow to a sacrificial bull.

Bottom - A bull about to be sacrificed to Neptune - Bloodless offerings to Mercury - Bloodless offering to either Cybele or Bacchus.


This 123+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 13.5 inches; 25 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original color and chromolithographs, which capture a myriad of ancient cultures and costumes from around the world. Virtually unseen individually, and from perhaps the most coveted portfolio of costumes from the 19th century, these historically important elephant folio-sized chromolithographs depict scenes and images venturing from ancient Egypt to classical Rome and Greece. Each illustration was adapted from actual artifacts and archaeological sites to define accurate representations of life during each time period; from the dainty Orient to the tribes of Oceania, there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.

Please note that the full original supporting documents for this original piece, shown in the additional pictures attached to the listing, are included and will be shipped with this original.

The originals offered are from the first edition of RacinetÕs masterwork on costumes of the world. Many have been heightened in gold and silver. The full color chromolithographs are some of the most spectacular we have procured. The duotone chromolithographs are stunning and impeccably preserved. Each piece from the collection is in museum-quality condition.

Keywords specific to this image: ceremony, tradition, gods, animals, laurel wreath, altar, standard, historical, Roman