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Head of Mithras from the Mitreo degli Animali

The head of Mithras had seven holes made for fastening rays.
Cabeza de Mitra

Cabeza de Mitra 

The New Mithraeum
22 Jun 2009
Updated on Mar 2022

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Head of Greek marble (H. 0.46), found near the cult niche i [in the Mithraeum of the animals]. Head with long curly hair in which seven holes have been made for fastening rays. A Phrygian cap, which was found later on, belongs to this head, certainly a head of Mithras tauroktonos.

Visconti in Mon. 1st. VIII, PI. LX, 4; Benndorf-SchOne, No. 547; MMM II 417, fig. 548 and 523 fig. 490; Cumont in RA 1947, 4ff with figs. 1-3; Becatti, 91 and PI. XXXI, 2-3. Lateran Museum.

Near the altar of the Mitreo degli Animali, a head of Mithras with Phrygian cap was found (h. 0.45). In the cap…

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