The New Mithraeum
11 Nov 2022
The cult relief shows the killing of the bull by Mithras. As a sign of growth and decay in nature, three ears of corn grow out of the bull's tail, a dog jumps up on the bull and drinks its blood. Below the bull, a lion prepares to pounce, next to it a snake coils around a vessel, and a scorpion stabs the bull's testicles. A raven sits behind Mithras. Around the bull's head are a small altar, a sacrificial knife and an oil lampshown. In the upper spandrels of the relief Sol can be seen with a wreath of rays and a whip, as well as Luna with a crescent moon and a whip.