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Tauroctony of Mithras and Tellus

This relief of Mithras slaying the bull is unique because of the representation of Tellus lying under the bull.
Mithras and Tellus Tauroctony

Mithras and Tellus Tauroctony
Michael Fuller 

The New Mithraeum
21 Sep 2023

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White marble relief (H. 0.70). Bought by Gerhard in Rome for the Altes Museum in Berlin (1834). During my visit at Berlin, I was not able to study the Berlin monuments personally.

In a cave, Mithras as a bullkiller in the usual attitude and attire. The god is looking at the raven, which is perched on the rocky border. The jumping dog with collar; the creeping serpent; the scorpion.

On the foreground a dressed; reclining woman (Tellus), leaning on her l. arm and resting on her knee a basket with fruits.

In the upper corners the dressed busts of Sol (l) in radiate crown and of Luna in