Fragments of Ara Pacis Augustae

Fragments of Two Heads

Of the hundreds of small carved fragments uncovered when excavating the Ara Pacis, scholars have gradually sorted out and catalogued over 300 pieces judged to be part of the Ara Pacis itself. The two fragments below are thought to be parts of the figurative reliefs, though It has not been possible to identify their original location. These 2 high quality fragments are on display in the lower level of the Museo dell'Aea Pacis.

A clear, detailed account of the excavation and scholalry study and reconstruction of fragments from the Ara Pacis is provided in the museum's impressive guidebook by Orietta Rossini, Ara Pacis, Comune di Roma (2006) pp. 93-99.