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Intaglio with Tauroctony from Munich

This heliotrope gem, depicting Mithras slaying the bull, dates from the 2nd-3rd century, but was reused as an amulet in the 13th century.
Intaglio with Tauroctony

Intaglio with Tauroctony
Musée de Mariemont 

The New Mithraeum
2 Nov 2022
Updated on Apr 2024

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This heliotrope gem (a green jasper dotted with red spots) was discovered in a medieval tomb that came to light near the entrance to Saint Peter’s Abbey on the Madron, a Benedictine monastery on the mountain also called Petersberg, which looks down upon the valley of the Inn, near Flintsbach, in the Bavarian Prealps. This burial, dating to the first half of the 13th century, received the remains of a man of mature age, buried face down in the attitude of a penitent. Other than two denarii from Regensburg issued in the name of Duke Otto II (1231-1253), it contained, below the level of the