Monumentum

Tauroctony of the Loggia Scoperta

Currently in the Musei Vaticani, this Tauroctony includes Mithras's birth restored as Venus anaduomene.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
20 Jan 2011
Updated on 13 Nov 2022
 
  • Tauroctonia de la 'Loggia Scoperta'

    Tauroctonia de la 'Loggia Scoperta'
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  • Tauroctonia de la 'Loggia Scoperta'

    Tauroctonia de la 'Loggia Scoperta'
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White marble relief (H. about 0.75 Br. about 0.50). Vatican Musea, Loggia Scoperta, No. 18.

In a cave, the representation of Mithras, slaying the bull, which wears a broad belt round its body. The raven is perched on the god's flying cloak; the dog, the serpent and the scorpion on the usual places. Cautes stands before the bull; Cauto- pates on the other side, grasping with his left the bull's tail. Both are not cross- legged. Above the latter Mithras, carrying the bull. Above the bull's head, Mithras' rock-birth (restored as Venus anaduomene).
 
 

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