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Mithras rock-born from Housesteads

A naked Mithra emerges from the cosmic egg surrounded by the zodiac, as always carrying a torch and a dagger.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
8 May 2010
Updated on 17 Mar 2022
 
Petrogenia Housesteads

Petrogenia Housesteads
The New Mithraeum / Jona Lendering (CC BY-SA)

 

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Stone relief (H. 1.33 Br. 0.82), found 'between two altars (Nos 863-4) about 0.66 before the back wall (Hodgson).

The lower part has not been worked and is rough. Above it in an open oval circle, the torso of a young naked Mithras with long curly hair, emerging from an egg, the two halfs of which are visible above the head and below the hips. The raised arms have got lost, but his hands, in which a dagger (r) and a torch (l) have been preserved on the rim of the circle.
 
 

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