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Taurcotony sculpture from Sidon

The Mithras killing the bull sculpture from Sidon, currently Lebanon.
The New Mithraeum
4 Jul 2009
Updated on Aug 2023

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Mithras in Eastern attire, girded with a sheath, kills with a large dagger the bull. The dog with collar, the snake and the scorpion on the usual place.

On the bottom border an inscription:

According to E. Will, the sculptures are dated to the year 389 A.D.; but according to the Seleucid era the Sidon sculptures are from 188 A.D. Cf. Le Roy Campbell in Berytus XI, 1954, 26 n.t.

de Ridder, 59f No. 47 and PI. XX (see fig. 27).

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