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Oceanus-Saturn of Santa Prisca

The fragmented tauroctony of the Mitreo di Santa Prisca rests on the naked figure of a bearded man, probably Ocean or Saturn.
Ocean-Saturn of Mitreo di Santa Prisca

Ocean-Saturn of Mitreo di Santa Prisca 

The New Mithraeum
30 Oct 2023

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Statue in stucco in the cult-niche.

Ferrua, 12f. See fig. 131.

Reclining Oceanus-Saturnus, the lower part of whose body is covered by a red-blue cloak. The naked breast has a red colour. Behind his shoulders the remnants of a blue velum are visible, which he has wrapped over his head. The right guilded hand hold a part of a stick, probably an oar. Both arms are lacking. In his left shoulder a leaden tube is visible, which probably leads to the upraised left hand in which he held a patera.

A more detailed description of this statue and its significance has been given in M. J. Vermasere…

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Mitreo di Santa Prisca

The Mithraeum of Santa Prisca houses remarkable frescoes showing the initiates in procession.

Fresco of procession of grades at Santa Prisca

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Head of Sol / Helios intarsio from Sant Prisca

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Fresco of lions at Santa Prisca

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Tauroctony of Santa Prisca

Even if only a few fragments remain, it is very likely that the main niche of the Mitreo di Santa Prisca contained the usual representation of Mithras killing the bull.

Cautes of the mitreo di Santa Prisca

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