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Cautes and Cautópates of Palazzo Imperiale

The sculptures of Cautes and Cautopates from the Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale may have been reused from an older mithraeum in Ostia.
Bases y esculturas de Cautes y Cautopates del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale, Ostia.

Bases y esculturas de Cautes y Cautopates del Mitreo del Palazzo Imperiale, Ostia. 

The New Mithraeum
19 Jun 2009
Updated on Jan 2022

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Two marble statues (H. 0.42). Roma, Mus. Lateran, Nos. 968 and 958.

Inscriptions are engraved in the bases of the statues. The frontsides have representations in relief of Cautes and Cautopates in Eastern attire. Cross-legged. They hold their torches with both hands. On the sides a jug and patera.

Upon these bases there are statues of the same torchbearers in the same atti- tudes and dresses. Traces of guilding (Visconti, 162 and Atti Acc. Pont. XV, CXXXVIII).

Visconti, 164 and PI. LM, 1,2; Benndorf-SchOne, Nos 502,504; MMM II 243k and figs. 72, 74; RRS III 139,8; Leipoldt, figs. 33,

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