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Felsgeburt des Mithras

Mithras Petrogenitus, born from the rock, from the Mithraeum of Carnuntum III.
 
 
Olivier-Antoine Reÿnès
31 Dec 2020
 

Mithras Petrogenitus of Carnuntum

 
Statue in sandstone (H. 0.85 Br. 0.53 D. 0.39), found near the Mithraeum of Carnuntum III.

On a rectangular base there is a cone-shaped base from which the youthful naked Mithras is born. In the uplifted hands he probably held the torch and the dagger. There is a hole in his left hand. His right hand is lost. Around the rock a serpent is coiled, the head of which is visible on the rear side of Mithras' Phrygian cap. The god has long wavy hair. In the background, a large tree.

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