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Tauroctony of Chrestos

This relief of Mithras killing the bull, signed by a certain Χρῆστος, is on display in the Sala dei Animali of the Vatican Museum.
Tauroctony relief in Sala dei Animali

Tauroctony relief in Sala dei Animali
Carole Raddato 

The New Mithraeum
25 Oct 2023

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White marble relief (H. 0.43 Br. 0.72 D. 0.05), broken in two. Vatican Museum, Sala dei Animali, No. 149.

Zoega, Abh., 149 No. 15; Gerhard-Platner, 198 No. 34; MMM II 211f No. 31; Amelung, Skulpt. Vat., II (1), 46 No. 17 and Taf. 5. See fig. 158 (Sansaini).

In a cave Mithras, slaying the bull, whose tail ends in three ears. Dog and serpent near the wound; the scorpion on the usual place; the raven is perched on the border of the cave. In the upper corners Sol (l) in diadem and radiate crown, driving upwards in a quadriga; on the other side Luna (r) with crescent behind her shoulders,