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Tauroctony from the Mithräum von Heddernheim

This relief is so well-known that it has been reproduced in nearly every handbook of archaeology and of history of religions.
  • Tauroctonia del Mitreo de Heddernheim

    Tauroctonia del Mitreo de Heddernheim
    dierk schaefer 

  • Front view

    Front view 

  • Rear view

    Rear view 

  • Pivoting view

    Pivoting view
    Demasy Roger 

The New Mithraeum
7 May 2010
Updated on Sep 2023

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Relief in sandstone (H. 1.80 Br. 1.76 D. 0.22). Inv. No. 239.

The relief is sculpted on two sides and it is revolving because it has a pivot at the top and a socket at the bottom.AThe front has the usual scene of Mithras as the bullkiller in a grotto. The bull's tail ends in three corn-ears. The raven sits on the god's flying cloak; the dog with a collar leaps up against the bull and the scorpion grasps its genitals. Underneath the bull is an amphora or krater with two handles with a serpent coiling against it. To its right is a lion with menacing head. Cautes (r) with uplifted torch and

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