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Aion relief of Mitreo Fagan

This white marble relief depicting a lion-headed figure from Ostia is now exposed at the Musei Vaticani.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
27 Jan 2022
 
Relief avec divinité léontocéphale

Relief avec divinité léontocéphale
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White marble relief (H. 1.07 Br. 0.40 D. 0.025), found opposite to the preceding monument. Vatican, Museo Chiaramonti XIV, 3.

Standing, naked figure with lion's head and open mouth (Aion). In his hands which he presses against his breast, he holds a key. Behind his shoulders he has two wings and two more on his hips. He is entwined by a serpent, the head and tail of which are hanging above a krater. This vessel stands between and under his feet.
 
 

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