Statue of dog-headed Thot, the so-called "Cacco" of the Church of S. Stefano
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Statue of dog-headed Thot, the so-called "Cacco" of the Church of S. Stefano

From Rome, area of the Serapeum of Campus Martius
159 AD
Lime
Height110 cm.
cat. 22833

This is the work of two Greek artists active in Rome: Phidias and Ammonios, as testified by the inscription on the left side of the base, showing a "macaque" - actually the god Thot in the image of the dog-headed one - then distorted in Roman dialect into the term "cacco", whence the name of the Church of S. Stefano, near which the statue was found in the Middle Ages.