CIMRM 314 - Lion-headed god. Chiaramonti museum XIV, 3, Vatican, Italy.
By RP, 2014.
Where the item can be found, high up on the right wall of the Chiaramonti gallery in the Vatican. By RP, 2014.
The Vatican museum label. RP, 2014.
Older monochrome image.
This monument to the Lion-headed god is in the Vatican museum, in the Chiaramonti gallery. It comes from Ostia.
White marble relief (H. 1.07 Br. 0.40 D. 0.025), found opposite to the preceding monument. Vatican, Museo Chiaramonti XIV, 3.
Zoega, Abh., 198,2; Lajard, Mem. Vienne, Pl. 1,2; Intr., Pl. LXXI, 1; Rech. 584; Amelung, Skulpt. Vat., I, 74, 567 fig. 69; MMM II 239f No. 81 and fig.
69; RRR III 383, 1; Eisler, Weltenmantel,II 446, fig. 57; Paschetto in Bilychnis 1912, 467 fig. 3 = Ostia. 386 fig. 1l4; Autran, Mithra, 128; Becatti, 120
and Pl. XXXVI, 2. See fig. 86.
Standing, naked figure with lion's head and open mouth (Aion). In his hands
which he presses against his breast, he holds a key. Behind his shoulders he has two
wings and two more on his hips. He is entwined by a serpent, the head and tail
of which are hanging above a krater. This vessel stands between and under his
feet. The statue was according to Zoega, formerly gilded, now however, it is
black with traces of red on the right shoulder-wing and of violet on the knees,
hands, feet and serpent. In the relief there are three little holes for fastening