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Tauroctony exposed in the 'Sala dei Animali' of the Vatican Museaum

This Mithras killing the bull belonged to an artist before being exposed in the Musei Vatican under Pius VI.
20 Jan 2011
Tauroctonia de la Sala dei Animali del Vaticano

Tauroctonia de la Sala dei Animali del Vaticano
Andreu Abuín


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White marbre. Rome, at first at the sculptor V. Pancetti, who restored it thoroughly together with Franzoni; afterwards to the Vatican under Pius VI. Sala dei Animali, No. 150. Second cent.

Mithras in usual attitude and attire, slaying the bull. The dog and the serpent hold their heads near the wound from which the blood abundantly flows. The scorpion at the testicles of the erected pizzle. Added are: Mithras' head, cloak, r. foot, arms, hands and nose; the bull's muzzle, forelegs and tail, the r.

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