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Tauroctony relief of Fertőrákos

The main cultic relief of Mithras slaying the bull of Fertorakos was carved into the rock face.

  • Sopron - Liszt Ferenc Múzeum - Foto Anita Pravits

    Sopron - Liszt Ferenc Múzeum - Foto Anita Pravits

The New Mithraeum
13 Jul 2009
Updated on Jul 2023

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The Mithraic relief discovered near Fertőrákos is similar to cult images from other Mithraic caves in the Roman Empire. The coloured relief, measuring 2 x 1.5 m, depicts the god Mithras in Persian dress, kneeling on the ground and pushing a bull with his dagger into its neck. From below, a dog and a snake throw themselves towards the blood spurting from the wound, while the scorpion stings the bull's testicles with both scissors. To the right and left are two torch-bearing figures. Above them, a representation of the sun and moon provide the celestial backdrop to the cave scene. The equilate…

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