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In 1884, this stone statue of a hooded figure was found in two pieces in Moulezan, near Nîmes. Short, identical curls descend from beneath a short, pointed hood pulled over an oval face.  The almond shaped eyes are carved at slight angles to the straight rectangular nose.  Down-turned lips appear from beneath a lightly carved beard. The cloak fastens just below the thick neck of the figure.  There is a rectangular line that suggests the closing of the cloak and two horizontal lines to suggest the clasps of the cloak.  Two feet with clumsily hatched marks indicating toes appear from beneath the ankle-length cloak.  The cloak leaves a triangular shaped opening above the feet.  Espérandieu states this work is undoubtedly of local manufacture and is also the only stone image of Telesphorus that had been found in Gaul at the time he published the image in 1907.  However, Heichelheim believes the statue should be considered to belong to the cult of the genius cucullatus.  In spite of the lack of resolution Deonna provides on the identification of this object, he gives the most complete consideration of the potentially distinguishing factors for these two deities  which may be used to analyze the piece(67).  Although this figure does not show the youth of the god-child Telesphorus, if the lines on his feet mark toes, the figure has the requisite bare feet of Telesphorus.   On the other hand, the physiognomy is decidedly Celtic and in particular resembles those on the Carlisle cucullati.  Using Reinach’s theory on the Celtic acceptance of the Greco-Roman Telesphorus this may prove to be an example of the Celtic assimilation of Telesphorus into a genius cucullatus 

Heichelheim, no. 13  
Egger, 1932, 312, fig. 4  
 Espérandieu, no 5806  
Reinach, 2  
JOAI fig. 15  
Bulle, 154  
Kerenyi, 4 

Hooded Statuette of Moulezan
Moulezan
unknown date
Stone of Lens
28cm
Musée des antiques de Nîmes 


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