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Aion of Vienne

The relief of Aion from Vienne includes a naked youth in Phrygian cap holding the reins of a horse.
  • Aion relief from Vienne

    Aion relief from Vienne
    Warburg Institute Iconographical Database 

  • Aion relief from Vienne

    Aion relief from Vienne
    Félix Lajard 

The New Mithraeum
20 May 2021
Updated on Nov 2023

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Limestone low-relief (H. 0.70 Br. 0.80 D. 0.16), broken in two pieces. Mus. of Vienne.

Standing Aion with lion’s head and claw-like feet (l. one is broken off). Only a loin-cloth covers his body. Wings are attached to his shoulders and hips. With his r.h. he presses a key against his breast and in the other hand he holds a hook (key?). Before his mouth a serpent, which emerging from the rock has entwined itself around the god’s body. To his left a burning altar, above which on a pedestal a naked youth in Phrygian cap. In his l.h. he holds the reins of a horse, whereas he probably held

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