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Incensiary vessel of Dieburg

The vessel to burn incense from the Mithraeum of Dieburg is similar to those found in other Roman cities of Germany
Incense vessel from Dieburg

Incense vessel from Dieburg
The New Mithraeum / Andreu Abuín (CC BY-SA) 

The New Mithraeum
17 Jan 2022

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This terracotta cultic vessel was discovered in 1926 in a Mithraeum at Dieburg. Formed with two ansae and a narrow base, it has a lip that extends into the interior with a flat stub perforated by eight holes set at an equal distance from each other. This distinctive feature enables the vessel to be interpreted as an incense-burner or a censer, partially filled with sand that was covered with ashes on which incense or fragrant herbs were placed. This vessel for incense from Dieburg is by no means a unique discovery.

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Mithräum von Dieburg

There are references to two places of worship from Dieburg, whereby the Mithraeum, discovered in 1926.

Two-sided relief of Dieburg

The relief of Dieburg shows Mithras riding a horse as main figure, surrounded by several scenes of the myth.

Mithras with the bow

A statue of Mithras with a bow was found on the pit of the Mithraeum of Dieburg.

Male figure with offerings from Dieburg

A standing half naked man makes offerings to an altar while holding a cornucopia in his other hand.