Two Attendants, or Lictors, of a King or Consul
Lictors were guards of magistrates who carried fasces to show power to execute. Two men, one young, one older, stand side by side, each holding fasces. Fasces are axes bound to bundles of wooden rods. These lictors function as bodyguards. The men are wearing togas.
William F. Allen Ancient History for Colleges and High Schools: A Short History of the Roman People (Boston, MA: Ginn and Company, 1890)