Lionheaded from Mitreo Fagan

Lionheaded from Mitreo Fagan

Lionheaded from Mitreo Fagan — Photo: Andreu Abuín


White marble statue (H. 1.65 Br. 0.47), found in the Mithraeum on the right side. Beside the entrance of the Biblioteca Vaticana.

Standing naked figure with lion's head and wide open mouth. Behind his shoulders he has two small wings and two more on his hips. These wings have been placed in opposite directions and carry the symbols of the four seasons. They are decorated with a dove and a swan (top right), ears (top left), a buch of grapes (bottom left), two palms and a reed (bottom right).

The god is entwined in six coils of a serpent, which rests its head on the god's (Aion). On his breast a thunderbolt. In his hands which he presses against his body, he holds a key with twelve drill-holes, and in his left moreover a long staff or sceptre with a knob on either side. On the base beside the r. leg of the god a pair of tongs and a hammer (Vulcanus) and beside the l. leg a caduceus, a cock and a pine-cone. The whole statue was painted in red.