Monumentum

Tauroctony of the Cortile del Belvedere

The Tauroctony relief of Mithras killing the bull walled in the Cortile of the Belvedered, Vatican City, was found by Fagan near Ostia.
 
 
PublishedThe New Mithraeum
27 Aug 2021
 
  • Mithras Tauroctonos of Cortile del Belvedere, Vatican City.

    Mithras Tauroctonos of Cortile del Belvedere, Vatican City.
    CIMRM 

  • Mithras Tauroctonos of Cortile del Belvedere, Vatican City.

    Mithras Tauroctonos of Cortile del Belvedere, Vatican City.
    Carole Raddato 

 

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Grey marble relief (H. 1.11 Br. 2.18), found by the English painter Fagan at Quadraro near Ostia at the end of the 18th cent.

Walled in the Cortile of the Belvedere in the Vatican City. Formerly in two separate pieces, now joined.

In a cave the representatiqn of Mithras as a bullkiller in Eastern attire. The animal's tail is ending in three ears. On Mithras' flying cloak seven stars are visible; beside his head more stars are represented. The raven is perched on a branch; the other animals are on the usual places.
 
 

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