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Mithras pantocrator of the Villa Altieri

This unusual representation of Mithras standing on a bull was kept in the Casino di Villa Altieri sul Monte Esquilino until the 19th century.
Mithras pantocrator of Altieri

Mithras pantocrator of Altieri

The New Mithraeum
1 Feb 2022

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White marble relief (H. 0.93 Br. 0.74 D. 0.28). About its exact origin we can
only make suppositions. We know for sure that Rome is the provenance of the relief, which for the last few centuries has been kept in the Casino of the Villa Altieri, which is next to the mansion of the Villefranche family, Viale Manzoni 41, where it is to be found nowadays.

The monument is concave in form and the back has been worked roughly. Also the front and especially the niche-like background, against which Mithras stands out triumphantly is rough and rocky.