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Cautes of the mitreo di Santa Prisca

The marble statue of Cautes, found in the Mithraeum of Santa Prisca, was originally a Mercury.
Cautes of Santa Prisca

Cautes of Santa Prisca

The New Mithraeum
5 Dec 2023

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Statue in Greek marble (H. 1.02), found in niche h.

Ferrua Mitreo Prisca 9ff and fig. 5.

Cautes, dressed in a short tunic which does not cover the lower part part of his body; cross-legged. He wears sandals. He leans against a tree-trunk, on which a cock has been represented. Head, and parts of his arms are broken off. In the thighs numerous nail-holes, so the lower part of the body may have been covered with an anaxyrides in stucco. The statue originally was a Mercury and was transformed later on into a Cautes. Traces of red painting.

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Tauroctony of Santa Prisca

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