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Mithraic Sol altar with backlight of Bingen

The altar of the Sun god belongs to the typology of the openwork altar to be illuminated from behind.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
13 Jan 2022
Updated on 19 Jan 2022
 
  • Solar altar from Bingen

    Solar altar from Bingen
    Ortolf Harl. Lupa.at 

  • Solar altar from Bingen

    Solar altar from Bingen
    Ortolf Harl. Lupa.at 

  • Solar altar from Bingen

    Solar altar from Bingen
    CIMRM via Tertullian.org 

 

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Altar in sandstone (H. 0.94 Br. 0.54 D. 0.40). Bingen, Museum, Inv. No. 2464.

In an almost square niche the dressed bust of Sol with a crown of seven perforated rays. Sol holds a whip; the head is damaged. In the back of the altar is a second niche in order to illuminate the radiate crown of Sol. An inscription:

CIMRM 1242

L.H. 0.025-0.04.

In h(onorem) d(omus) d(ivinae) Soli / invicto Mitrae (sic!) / aram Privati Se/cundinus et Ter/tinus et Confinis / ex voto Privati / Tertini v(otum) s(olverunt) l(aeti) l(ibentes) m(erito).
 
 

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