Monumentum

Stars of the Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

The vault of the Mithraeum of S. Capua Vetere is ornamented with stars with holes in their centres, which used to contain colourful glass decorations.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
18 Jul 2009
Updated on 17 Jan 2022
 
Estrellas de la bóveda del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Estrellas de la bóveda del Mitreo de Santa Maria Capua Vetere
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The vault of the Mithraeum is stuccoed and decorated with stars. These are painted inside a circle, they each have eight rays and they are alternately red and blue on a dark-yellow background. In the center of them a very small hole is often visible. It is said that when it was discovered the vault was besprinkled with precious stones which were later on stolen; but among the loose earth we found a little circular piece of blue glass paste with a hole in the middle; it therefore seems probable that these glass decorations (which may have been of various colours) were nailed into the stars.
 
 

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