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Tauroctony from Domus del Mitreo of Tarquinia

Votive sculpture of Mithras sacrificing the bull from the Mithraeum of Tarquinia.
 
 
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23 Dec 2020
Updated on 19 Jan 2022
 
  • Tauroctony of Tarquinia in Sala degli Animali, Vatican Museum

    Tauroctony of Tarquinia in Sala degli Animali, Vatican Museum
    Italofile 

  • Tauroctony of Tarquinia lateral view.

    Tauroctony of Tarquinia lateral view.
    Carabinieri - Tutela Patrimonio Culturale Italia 

  • Tauroctony of Tarquinia lateral close view.

    Tauroctony of Tarquinia lateral close view.
    Carabinieri - Tutela Patrimonio Culturale Italia 

  • Front detail.

    Front detail.
    Carabinieri - Tutela Patrimonio Culturale Italia 

  • Rear view of the sculpture.

    Rear view of the sculpture.
    Carabinieri - Tutela Patrimonio Culturale Italia 

 

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Sculpture of a Tauroctony in white marble. Mithras, without head and hands, seems to grab the animal's muzzle with one hand while holding the dagger with which he has already made a cut in the neck of the bull from which flows a copious stream of blood and which a dog rushes to lick. The scorpion holds the bull's testicles with both pincers.
 
 

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Domus del Mitreo of Tarquinia

The discovery of the Mithraeum of Tarquinia is due to the Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Carabinieri, who noticed some clandestine excavations near the Ara della Regina.

 

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