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Monumentum

Tauroctony on display in Boston

This fragmentary relief depicts Mithras killing the bull in the usual manner, remarkably dressed in oriental attire.
  • Mithras tauroctony exposed in Boston

    Mithras tauroctony exposed in Boston
    Andreu Abuín 

  • Detail of Mithras tauroctony exposed in Boston

    Detail of Mithras tauroctony exposed in Boston
    Andreu Abuín 

 
 
The New Mithraeum
28 Oct 2022
Updated on Oct 2023
 

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White marble relief, the top and r. sides broken off (H. 0.65 Br. 0.84). Anonymously presented to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Inv. No. 92.2692.

Trust. MFA, 17th Annual Report, 1893, 16f No. 1; MMM II 229f No. 67; GBA VII, 1912,70; Reinach in CAA VII, 1912, 70; RRR II, 200, 4; Caskey, Cat. Boston, 185f No. 106; Saxl, fig. 35. Fig. 174 by courtesy of the Keeper of the Museum.

Mithras in Eastern attire and elegant foot-wear, sits astride on the bull, grasping its lower jaw with one hand and thrusting the dagger into its body with the other. Mithras’ head got lost. The serpent creeps