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Monumentum

Tauroctony of Dardagan

The relief of Mithras killing the bull, found near Zvornik in Bosnia and Herzegovina, features some variations on the usual scene.
Tauroctony relief from Dardagan

Tauroctony relief from Dardagan
Nirvana Silnović 

 
 
The New Mithraeum
8 Jan 2024
 

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The relief is made of local limestone and was found broken into four pieces, with some further damages noticeable on its surface. The face of the torchbearer on the right-hand side is chipped off, as well as the torso of the torchbearer on the left-hand side. The bull’s muzzle and Mithras’ left hand are also missing, as is part of the god’s left lower leg and part of the dog’s body behind Mithras’ leg. The god’s right hand is preserved only to its elbow. Despite the damages, the relief became widely known due to its unusual compositional arrangement and unique iconographic motifs,