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Aion of Mitreo Fagan

The marble Aion from the lost Mithraeum Fagan, Ostia, now presides the entrance to the Vatican Library.
2 May 2010
  • Leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan

    Leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan
    Andreu Abuín 

  • Detalle del leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan

    Detalle del leontocéfalo del Mitreo Fagan
    Andreu Abuín 


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White marble statue (H. 1.65 Br. 0.47), found in the Mithraeum Fagan, now 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).

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Mitreo Fagan

The Mitreo Fagan revealed remarkable sculptures of leon-headed figures now exposed at the Vatican Museum.

Tauroctony marble from Mitreo Fagan

The sculpture has an inscription where Mithras is called the undiscoverable deity.


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