Tauroctony of Cortile del Belvedere

Tauroctony of the Cortile del Belvedere

Tauroctony of the Cortile del Belvedere — Photo: Andreu Abuín

Description

In a cave Mithras, slaying the bull, whose tail ends in three ears. Above Mithras' flying cloak his bow and quiver. On the border of the cave the raven is perched. Further the scorpion at the testicles; the serpent creeping over the ground; the dog with hanging tongue running towards the bull.

In the upper corners, outside the cave-vault, the bust of Sol in nimbus and crown of seven rays, and the bust of Luna with a crescent behind her shoulders, on the horns of which are stars.

The noses of Mithras and Sol are added; Luna's nose got lost. Slight traces of a reddish painting. In a field below the scene an inscription.

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