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Naked figure from Mérida

This sculpture may be a naked dadophorus, probably Cautopates.
 
 
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22 Jan 2021
 
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Marble statue (H. 1.20), found in 1913. Mus. Merida, Inv. No. 577.

A naked youth, the upper part of whose body is covered only by a small shoulder-cape, is standing beside a tree-trunk, before which a sitting lion is represented. They god extends his r. arm; from a fragment of the other arm it appears, that he holds a torch with his left. Parts of both arms and the r. calf are lost (torchbearer).

Escultura que representa a un personaje mitraico, posiblemente uno de los Dadophoros que acompañaba a Mithra. Se trata de un joven desnudo, en pie, apoyado sobre la pierna derecha, con la izquierda ligeramente flexionada. La cabeza aparece ligeramente girada sobre la frente, en forma de llamaradas. Los ojos presentan las pupilas marcadas. El iris está situado inmediatamente debajo del párpado superior, lo que le confiere una cierta expresión de melancolía en su mirada. Parte del pecho y de la espalda cubiertos por la clámide. El brazo derecho iría levantado sosteniendo una antorcha. A la derecha un tronco de árbol en el que se apoya y un león.

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