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Head of Sol / Helios intarsio from Sant Prisca

The intarsium of Sol found in the Mithraeum of Santa Prisca is composed of several varieties of marble.
Head of Sol from Santa Prisca

Head of Sol from Santa Prisca

The New Mithraeum
12 Jan 2022
Updated on 15 Jan 2022

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A short distance behind the little steps leading to the bench near door N an extremely beautiful head in intarsio was found (pp. 69f). The head (H. 0.33 m.) lay face downwards with the hair to the south of it near a vase Z 18 (Pl. XXXV, 3-4); the greater part was still intact, though some small pieces were scattered when it was thrown down onto the podium. In spite of a careful search some minor fragments were not found and seem to be lost.

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