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Torchbearer of Porta Portese

This is one of the two torchbearers, probably Cautes, transformed into Paris, now in the British Museum.
  • Cautes of Porta Portese

    Cautes of Porta Portese 

  • Cautes of Porta Portese

    Cautes of Porta Portese 

The New Mithraeum
16 Jun 2009
Updated on Oct 2023

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White marble statue (H. 1.35 Br. 0.39), found together with the following No. in 1785 [TNMM 718] "5 Miglien vor Porta Portese in einer Grotte nah am Tiber" (Zoega). Then bought by Th. Jenkins, who presented it to Count Fries at Vienne; nowadays London, Br. M.

Guattani, Mon. ant., 37, Pl. III; Ciarac, Mus. Sculpt., V, 69 and Pl. 827 No. 2083; Zoega, Bass., II, 15 No. 4; Welcker in Zoega, Abh., 94 n.2; MMM II 209 No. 27 and Pl. II; Smith, Cat. Br. Mus., 89 No. 1722; HGR 380. See fig. 147.

Torchbearer, restored as a Paris, in Eastern attire. He raises his torch; not crosslegged.


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Torchbearer restored as Paris

This sculpture, probably of Cautopates, now in the Musei Vaticani, was transformed into Paris.