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Two Mithras-Attis terracotta from Kerch

Terracotta tablets depicting a Taurombolium by Attis which might be at the origins of the mithraic Tauroctony iconography.
21 May 2021
Updated 18 Jan 2022
Two Mithras-Attis terracotta from CIMRM

Two Mithras-Attis terracotta from CIMRM


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Tablet of terracotta. Together with the following No. from a grave at Glinitschtsche, Kertsch. Formerly at Leningrad, Ermitage, dep. Kertsch No. 893d; actually Museum Odessa (H. 0.139 Br. 0.105).

Mithras dressed in a pair of trousers and a jacket, leaving the stomach and genitals uncovered, keeps a buffalo-like bull under control with one knee, grasping one of its horns with the l.h. In his lifted r.h. he held the knife, which has got lost. On the reverse there is a triangular fire hole.

Stark, Mithrassteine Dormagen, 18 and Pl.

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