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Mithraic vessel from Ballplatz

The Mithraic vessel of Ballplatz, Mainz, shows the seven grades with some attributes.
 
 
Mithraeum.eu
31 Dec 2020
 
  • A snake around the vessel
    Szabó Csaba on Roman Religion 

  • General view.
    Szabó Csaba on Roman Religion 

  • General view.
    Szabó Csaba on Roman Religion 

  • General view.
    Szabó Csaba on Roman Religion 

  • General view.
    Szabó Csaba on Roman Religion 

 
One of the most outstanding discoveries related to the religious experience within a mithraeum was discovered in Ballplatz, Mainz. First published in 1994 by Günter Horn, the importance of the find was highlighted only a year later by R. Merkelbach, doyen of the Mithraic studies at that time. The vessel and the context was published in details by I. Huld-Zetsche in 2008 in a monograph.

The importance of the find lies in the reliefs of the vessel, representing seven figures, symbols of the initiation grades. The figures are presented in a very delicate, expressive way, showing certain movements or even sequences from the initiation ritual. Although many of the figures and scenes are represented on reliefs, the Ballplatz vessel is unique, because it represents also movements and an outstanding lived religious experience of the worshipers.

This vessel is approximately 40 cm high, 27 cm in diameter (upper rim) and dated to between 120-150 AD.

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