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Monumentum

Lion-headed figure of Mérida

The lion-headed figure, Aion, from Mérida, wears oriental knickers fastened at the waist by a cinch strap.
 
 
PublishedMithraeum.eu
16 Jan 2021
Updated on 22 Jan 2022
 
  • Aion of Mérida

    Aion of Mérida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Left side of the Aion of Mérida

    Left side of the Aion of Mérida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

  • Right side of the Aion of Mérida

    Right side of the Aion of Mérida
    The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

 

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Marble statue (H. 0.87), found in 1902. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano de Mérida, Inv. No. 87.

Aion with lion's head. To the upper part of his naked body, a pair of wings is attached. Around him a serpent is winding its way up, resting its head on the god's after the last coil round his neck. A part of the head and parts of the arms and legs have got lost.
 
 

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