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Tauroctony from Vermaseren's private collection

Maarten Vermaseren acquired this rosso antico marble of Mithras slaying the bull in 1961.
Tauroctony relief exposed at Allard Pierson Museum

Tauroctony relief exposed at Allard Pierson Museum
The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

The New Mithraeum
1 Jan 2022
Updated on Jan 2022

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This sculpted relief in a luxurious marble, rosso antico, belonged to the private collection of the Dutch scholar Maarten Jozef Vermaseren, author of the celebrated corpus of the Mithraic monuments of the Roman world that appeared in two volumes in 1956 and 1960 (CIMRM). He acquired this small object in 1961 from an antiquities dealer who informed him that it was originally from Rome or its surroundings. This is confirmed by the iconography and style of the relief, similar to those of four Mithraic sculptures originating there. Stylistically, these five objects can be dated to the years