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Fresco of a kneeling figure from Santa Maria Capua Vetere

This scene from the frescoes of the Mithreo di Santa Maria Capua Vetere shows the myste on one knee with the mystagogus behind him.
 
 
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19 Aug 2021
 
Fresco scene of initiation at S. Capua Vetere

Fresco scene of initiation at S. Capua Vetere
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Fresco showing a scene of initiation into the mysteries of Mithras in the Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere.

The nude myste, red painted, with his hands tied behind his back, kneels down on one knee. A sword by his side. The figure of the mystagogus behind him, dressed in white, is indistinct. He lays his hand on the head of the myste. Further down the outlines of a third person.

Minto, 370 and fig. 13; Turchi, RRA, Tav. XXIV, 2. See fig. 59.
 
 

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