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Cautes with bull head of Sarmizegetusa

This sculpture of Cautes holding a bull's head was found in 1882 in Sarmizegetusa, Romania.
  • Cautes of Sarmizegetusa

    Cautes of Sarmizegetusa
    O. Harl, lupa 17592 

  • Cautes of Sarmizegetusa

    Cautes of Sarmizegetusa
    Muzeul Sarmizegetusa Ortolf Harl 2010 

The New Mithraeum
11 Mar 2022

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Statue in limestone (H. 0.89 with base; Br. 0.33 D. 0.18).

Standing Cautes in Oriental dress and cross-legged. The r.h. with the torch is broken off; he holds a bull's head in his l.h. Cautes' head is lost. In the base an inscription.
Studniczka, 260 No. 1 and PI. V; Kiraly, 26f No. 81 and PI. VII, 2; MMM II 284 No. 140 and fig. 130b; RRS Ill, 139, 1; Floca in ED 1935, 219 fig. 4. See fig. 575.

CIMRM 2123

V(otum) s(olvit) l(ibens) m(erito).
CIL III S. 7922; MMM II No. 259b.

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