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Monumentum

Petrogeny with hand on head from Nida

This sculpture of Mithras being born from a rock is unique in the position of the hands.
Petrogeny from Frankfurt

Petrogeny from Frankfurt
Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt 

 
 
The New Mithraeum
23 Dec 2023
 

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A young [Mithras] emerging from a rock where he is up to his waist, placing his right hand on his head and holding an elongated object [torch?] in his left hand, which is resting on the rock.

Part of the left arm has been restored, but not the hand.

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