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Marble votive relief with Cybele enthroned. Post-2nd century AD. The Goddess is represented in a small temple, wearing a sleeveless, girdled chiton, a himation and a high polos. She holds a phiale in the right hand and a drum in the left. Visible on her knees are traces of a lion. The lion and the drum, which was played during rites in Cybele's honour, were the attributes of the Great Mother Goddess of Asia Minor. Small temples of this kind, which perhaps denote the shallow caves in which statues of her were placed, are identified in sanctuaries of Cybele and other deities after the Late Classical period, in private houses and in cemeteries.

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Marble votive relief with Cybele enthroned.  Post-2nd century AD.  The Goddess is represented in a small temple, wearing a sleeveless, girdled chiton, a himation and a high polos.  She holds a phiale in the right hand and a drum in the left.  Visible on her knees are traces of a lion.  The lion and the drum, which was played during rites in Cybele's honour, were the attributes of the Great Mother Goddess of Asia Minor.  Small temples of this kind, which perhaps denote the shallow caves in which statues of her were placed, are identified in sanctuaries of Cybele and other deities after the Late Classical period, in private houses and in cemeteries.