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Stone figure of a hunter-god, possibly Attis or Apollo Cunomaglos? Depicts a young man with shoulder-length curly hair, holding a bow in his left hand and wearing a Phrygian cap, a short belted tunic, and a cloak fastened on the right shoulder by a brooch. The legs, below the knnes, and the lower right arm, from just above the elbow, are missing.
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- Attis was the young lover of the goddess Cybele, the 'Great Mother', who was identified with earth, nature, and fertility goddesses of surrounding cultures. Her cult originated in Phrygia in Asia Minor, but, like the other Eastern cults of Mithras, Isis and Bacchus, spread widely through the Roman Empire. Her annual spring festival celebrated the death and resurrection of her beloved Attis.
Few unambiguous remains of the cult have been found in Britain. The surviving part of this broken limestone statue shows a young man with shoulder-length curly hair, holding a bow in his left hand and wearing a Phrygian cap, a short belted tunic, and a cloak fastened on the right shoulder by a brooch. The figure has long been considered to be that of Attis, but the attributes are not exclusive to him. A more recent interpretation, which relates the statue to new evidence from London and other British sites, identifies the figure as a hunter-god, who appears to have been a conflation of Apollo, an Eastern saviour-god and a British god of male youth.
This clean-shaven male figure, with curly cascading locks, wears a Phrygian-style cap and a short belted tunic; a cloak, fastened on top of his left shoulder, falls like a swag at the front and across his right shoulder. He holds a bow in the crook of his left elbow. The features are a little heavy and the head too large for the body; though somewhat remote from traditional Graeco-Roman images of youthful divine beauty, this is nevertheless competent provincial work in a classicising style typical of Cotswolds workshops.’ (CSIR I, 10, p. 44)
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