Object: Sabazius

Hand of Sabazius
Bronze
House of Magic Rites, Pompeii

Nestled in this hand is Sabazius, god of fertility, surrounded by symbols of regeneration — pinecone, snake, bird, nursing mother. The fingers form a gesture of blessing. Worship of Sabazius probably came to Pompeii with gladiators from Thrace, a region north-east of Greece.

SAP No: 10486
Where was this found?
Relation to Daily Life in Pompeii

Religion

The Pompeians worshipped many gods, primarily Graeco-Roman deities such as Jupiter (the Greek Zeus), Juno (Hera), Minerva (Athena) and Apollo…

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