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Tauroctony relief of the Esquiline

The relief of Mithras slaying the bull found on the Esquiline Hill includes two additional scenes with Mithras and two other figures.
Tauroctony relief from the Esquiline ancient reproduction

Tauroctony relief from the Esquiline ancient reproduction
Heidelberger historische Bestände 

The New Mithraeum
12 Jan 2022

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Relief in limestone (H. 1.25 Br. 0.90 D. 0.085). Museo Capitolino.

The relief is worked as an engraving. Mithras in Eastern attire with a sheath at his side, kills in a cave the bull whose tail ends in ears. Two strips on its body seem to indicate a large band. The dog with collar near the wound; the serpent creeps over the ground; the scorpion at the testicles. Near the cave on each side a tree; the raven is perched on the branches of the left one. On either side of the main scene Cautes (r) and Cautopates (l) in Eastern attire; cross-legged.

In the l. upper corner the dressed bust of

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