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Aion of Villa Albani

White marble statue of Lion-head god of time, formerly in the Villa Albani, nowadays in the Musei Vaticani.
14 Jun 2009
Updated on 19 Jan 2022
  • Leontocéfalo de Villa Albini

    Leontocéfalo de Villa Albini
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Aion of Villa Albini

    Aion of Villa Albini
    Vassil (CC BY-SA 2.0) 


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White marble statue. Formerly in the Villa Albani; nowadays in the Musei Vaticani, near the entrance of the former Library.

A naked trunk in the coils of a serpent. Four signs of the zodiac, two on the breast (Aries and Libra) and one on each thigh (Cancer and Capricornius). Added are: lion's head, two wings, the arms and legs with two coils of the serpent, and finally the globe, on which Aion is standing.

Raffei, Diss., 130 and Pl. III, 2; K Q. Visconti, Mus. Pio Clem., II, Pl. XIX; Clarac, Mus. Sculpt., Pl. 560, 1192 and. is powered by Enkidū