Early Curule Chair and Fasces?

As the sella curulis and fasces come up again and again on the republican coin series, I wanted to put a note up here of this iconography from Vulci (c. 300-280 BCE).

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This is the front of the sarcophagus of Ramtha Vishnai and Arnth Tetnies (Now in the MFA Boston).  The couple join right hands on the far left of this snippet (the center of the panel itself).  Behind the husband are his attendants, one carries a chair and the other a rod, and then behind these are the musicians.

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