Monumentum

Lion of Les Bolards

The lion sculpture found near the entrance of the Mithraeum at Les Bolards is unique in its genre.
 
 
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31 Dec 2021
Updated on 17 Jan 2022
 
  • Lion of Les Bolards

    Lion of Les Bolards
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Lion of Les Bolards

    Lion of Les Bolards
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

 

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This statuette of local oolitic limestone, unique in its genre, which represents a lion lying down and holding a flowing urn between its front paws, was discovered near the entrance of the spelaeum of the Mithraeum at Les Bolards, close to statues of Cautes and Cautopates, the two torchbearers (dadophori). If the water streaming from the spring generated by Mithras is a highly symbolic element, it also functions as a ritual one. When it comes into contact with one's hands, the water acts on the whole of the individual's body.
 
 

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Mithraeum des Bolards

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Cautes des Bolards

This monument representing Cautes with uncrossed legs was consecrated by a certain Anttiocus.

 

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