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Tauroctonia de Walbrook

The image of Mithras killing the bull, found near Walbrook, is surrounded by a Zoadiac circle.
14 Jun 2009
Updated on 17 Mar 2022
WALBROOK MITHRAEUM MITHRAS TAUROCTONUS Toynbee, art in R Britain, pl 73 XY.K 2790 1

WALBROOK MITHRAEUM MITHRAS TAUROCTONUS Toynbee, art in R Britain, pl 73 XY.K 2790 1
J M C Toynbee


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White marble relief (H. 0.38 Br. 0.55 D. 0.08), found in London's City near Walbrook (1889). At first in the Coll. F. Ransom at Hitchin; from 1915 in the London Museum, Inv. No. A 16933.

In the middle of the relief the representantion of Mithras tauroctone. A part of the god's flying cloak with the raven are lost. The dog and the serpent with their heads near the wound; the scorpion at the testicles. On either side a torchbearer: Cautes (l) and Cautopates (r).

This main scene s surrounded by a broad circle, in which the signs of the Zodiac.

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