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Tauroctony of Gimmeldingen

This relief of Mithras killing the bull found in Gimmeldingen, Germany, lacks the usual raven.
Tauroctony of Gimmeldingen

Tauroctony of Gimmeldingen

The New Mithraeum
25 Oct 2023
Updated on Oct 2023

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Relief in sandstone (H. 1.10 Br. 1.42 D. 0.26).

The usual representation of Mithras killing the bull whose tail ends in three corn-ears. The dog, the serpent and the scorpion; no traces of the raven. Cautes (l) and Cautopates (r) with burning torches in the usual attitude. The bust of Sol (l) in a crown of thirteen rays and in a nimbus; the bust of Luna (r) with crescent.

Sprater, 3 and fig. 2; Esp. Rec. Gaule X, 183 No. 7545; LeRoy Campbell in Berytus XI, 1954,49 No. 187. See fig. 348.

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