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Frescoes of 'Magis' from Dura Europos

Some scholars have speculated that the scrolls both figures hold in their hands represent Eastern doctrines brought to the Western world.
5 Sep 2021
  • Left 'Magi' from Dura Europos

    Left 'Magi' from Dura Europos
    Clark Hopkins 

  • Right 'Magi' from Dura Europos

    Right 'Magi' from Dura Europos
    Clark Hopkins 


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On the front of the arcosolium on either side a sitting figure (fig. 12, 8; fig. 22).

'Two persons in the usual Perso-Palmyrene dress seated majestically in two large and fine carved armchairs. Both wear the Mithraic tiara, both are bearded and wear a drooping, short, black moustache, both have the Iranian type of face. In the l.h. they hold a white roll and in the right a black cane with a flat top'.

The whole has been painted in a brownish yellow colour. Probably these Magi represent the patres of the Dura-community.

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