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Taurcotony statue of the Esquiline Hill

Except for the serpent, the sculpture of the taurcotony found on the Esquiline Hill lacks the usual animals that accompany Mithras in sacrifice.
Mithras Tauroctonos from the Mithraeum of piazza Dante in Rome

Mithras Tauroctonos from the Mithraeum of piazza Dante in Rome
Carole Raddato (CC BY-SA 2.0) 

The New Mithraeum
12 Jan 2022

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White marble statue (H. 0.88 Br. 0.78). Museo Capitolino.

Mithras, looking upwards, slaying the bull. On the base a creeping serpent; the other animals are missing. The god's r.h. with the dagger, and his cloak are not preserved; a part of the bull's tail got lost.

Visconti in BCM 1874, Pl. XXI; Lanciani, Rome, 193; MMM II 202 No. 17 and fig. 27; RRS II 477, 1; Saxl, 46 and fig. 134. See fig. 99.

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