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Relief of Aion-Phanes

The Aion / Phanes relief, currently on display in the Gallerie Estensi, Moneda, is associated with two Eastern mysteric religions: Mithraism and Orphism.
Relief with Aion/Phanes inside the Zodiac

Relief with Aion/Phanes inside the Zodiac
Gallerie Estensi 

The New Mithraeum
16 Aug 2021
Updated on Sep 2023

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White marble relief (H. 0.71 Br. 0.49). About the discovery of this monument little is known. According to Cavedoni it was à l'époque de Muratori (1672-1750) dans le palais du Marquis Sigismund d'Este à San Martino in Rio, terre du duche de Reggio, distante de 8 milles de cette cité and he adds an hesitating datum about its origin: Comme ce seigneur de S. Martino possedait d'autres antiquités de Rome, il parait assez vraisemblable que le bas-relief est aussi d'origine romaine. After that it lay forgotten at Modena from 1752 until it drew Moreni's attention; now Museum Modena No. 2676.