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Aion-Chronos

  • Aion-Chronos. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

    Aion-Chronos. National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

126-300 (second half of the 2nd century A.D.)

Cultural background

Roman

Original title

Aion-Chronos
National Museum of Roman Art
Mérida
Badajoz, Extremadura
Badajoz

This is part of a series of sculptures of gods who probably formed a sacred group in a shrine or temple.

It was found during the building work on the bullring in Mérida in the early 20th century. It represents the oriental god Zervan Chronos, depicted with the head of a lion on his chest and a serpent encircling the god’s naked body. Two holes can be seen on the head for bronze lightning bolts, and the shoulder blades have grooves for inserting two wings, another distinctive feature of this god.

Details of the work

Object
Statue

Dimensions
Height = 1.7 m; Width = 0.44 m; Thickness = 0.34 m

Technique
Sculpted

Material
Marble

  

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