II sec. d.C.
Found in 1825 in Milan, near via Circo, the altar was probably used for private use, as suggested by the subjects depicted which are typical of larari (small temples placed in private homes) and should be interpreted as a message of good luck, according to a symbolic language. widespread in the Augustan age. The altar on side A depicts the goddess Tellus (Earth) or Ceres, with ears of wheat, a symbol of fertility and abundance; below, in black marble, there is a head of Dionysus / Bacchus. Side B depicts Fortuna-Abundantia (Abundance), with cornucopia and rudder resting on a wheel, symbols of the upheavals of fate Side C reproduces the image of Hercules standing leaning on the club, with the leontè and a cup in his hand side D presents a winged, naked Victory, with a palm branch in the left hand and a vegetable crown in the right, in the typical gesture of the victor's coronation. The good quality of the painting and the educated subjects reflects the refinement and culture of the client of the monument, perhaps the owner of one of the domus that, between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, characterize the western district of Mediolanum. The altar, part of the furnishings of a domus or a collegium (seat of a guild of artisans or traders), is one of the very rare examples of Roman painting in Milan, consisting mostly of small wall fragments of private residences.