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Aion of Hedderneheim

The lion-headed statue of Hedderneheim is a reconstruction from fragments of two different sculptures.
31 Dec 2020
Updated on 17 Jan 2022
  • Restauration of the Aion from Hedderneheim

    Restauration of the Aion from Hedderneheim

  • Restauration of the Aion from Hedderneheim

    Restauration of the Aion from Hedderneheim

  • Preserved fragment of the Aion from Hedderneheim

    Preserved fragment of the Aion from Hedderneheim
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This statuette was reconstructed from two fragments previously not identified as related: a so-called Aion linv. α 9222) and a so-called Vulcan (inv. X 16185). The association was made on the basis of similarities in style, technique, craftsmanship and material, and in the dimensions of the cross-sections of the torso. However, the two fragments do not join and the restored figure seems slightly disproportionate.

Fragment 1, found 'in a bath and put on sale in Bonn in 1823, consists of a human torso and the head of a lion.

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