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Cautopates from Casa del Mitreo of Mérida

The sculpture of the solar god is signed by its author, Demetrios.
22 Jan 2021
  • Cautopates of Mérida

    Cautopates of Mérida 

  • Inscription of the Cautopates of Mérida

    Inscription of the Cautopates of Mérida 


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White marble statue (H. 1.55), found in 1913. Mus. Merida, Inv. No. 581.

Standing youth (torchbearer or Mithras himself), dressed in a tunic with splendid vaults, leans against apiece of rock, on which a dolphin with upraised tail is represented. A wide cloak, draped over his l. arm, hangs down at the back. A small remnant proves, that he wore a Phrygian cap. On his feet he wears laced boots. Head, arms and r. calf are lost.

Melida in BAH 1914, 449 No. 7 and Pl. IV; Paris in RA (S.1) XXIV, 1914, 5 No. 4 and fig. 2; AA 1914, 378 and fig.

Related monuments

Casa del Mitreo of Mérida

In the Casa del Mitreo in Mérida, ancient Emerita Augustus, archaeologists have found several monuments related to Mithras cult.

Aion of Mérida

The Aion-Chronos of Mérida was found near the bullring of the current city, once capital of the Roman province Hispania Ulterior .

Mithraic Chronus from the Casa del Mitreo

Lion headed sculpture of Aion from Mérida.

Naked figure from Mérida

This sculpture may be a naked dadophorus, probably Cautopates.


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