CIMRM 103 - Lion-headed god. Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.

Limestone relief of lion-headed god. 102 x 57 cms. Graeco-Roman museum, Alexandria. Inv. GRM 24407, Room 16. From Bahnasa (=Oxyrhynchus), Minya province.

From: JSTOR.1

From: here.2

By Professor Michael Fuller, 1992. From here.

By Professor Michael Fuller, 1992. From here.

CIMRM entry

See also Raffaele Pettazoni, "The monstrous figure of time in Mithraism", Essays on the history of religion, Brill, 1967, p.184. This gives the photo (not on Google books) as from E. Breccia, "Melanges Maspero" II, Le Caire, 1934, = Memoires de l'Institut Francais d'Archeologie Orientale, LXVII.

1Doro Levi, "Aion", Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 13 (1944), pp. 269-314. Online at JSTOR, 274-5: "In view of all this, a monstrous image, of which numerous monuments are preserved to us (Figs. 4 and 5), is generally considered nowadays to be a representation of Chronos and an expression of Orphic conceptions. It has usually a leonine head and a human body encircled by a serpent's coils, on its shoulders are four wings adorned with the symbols of the four seasons, and it holds two keys in its hands. We shall see, however, that not at all to be rejected is the old theory of Zoega according to which this would be the divine being called, in the sacred books of the mysteries, Aion...".
2Alan K. Bowman, Egypt after the Pharaohs: 332 BC-AD 642 : from Alexander to the Arab Conquest, 1996, p.175.

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