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Aion from Villa Barberini

This lion-headed marble was found on the ruins of the Alban Villa of Domitianus.
Aion from Villa Barberini

Aion from Villa Barberini

The New Mithraeum
22 May 2021
Updated on Sep 2023

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Marble statue (H. 0.68), found in 1933 when the Villa Barberini, partly situated on the ruins of the Alban Villa of Domitianus, was added to the papal country-residence, Castel Gandolfo.

Illustrazione Vaticana 1933, 579f; Brendel in AA 1933, 595ff No. 7 and fig. 8; van Buren, Anc. Rome, 144f ana 162; Breccia, Cronos mitriaco, 263f; Pettazzoni in AntC XVIII, 1949, 265ff and figs. Pl. III, 5/6. Our figs. 89 and 90 with kind permission of the Direction of the Vatican Musea.

Standing Aion before a throne. His body is covered with a loin-cloth only. He has a lion's head and four wings are att…