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Mithras petrogenitus from Villa Giustiniani

Mithras rock-born from Villa Giustiniani was holding a bunch of grapes in its raised right hand instead of a torch, probably due to a restoration.
14 Jun 2009
Updated on 21 Mar 2022

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Marble statue, in 1662 'at a sculptor's behind the Capitol' (ms. Gudius), afterwards in the Villa Giustiniani. Acquired by E. Hill, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dublin (1781-1830) and bequeathed by him to the Library of the Trinity College at Dublin.

The naked torso of Mithras emerging from a rock. The long, wavy hair is partly covered by the Phrygian cap. In his raised r.h. he holds a bunch of grapes and a part of cloth (see note). He leans his l.h. on the rock, on which a dagger-sheath, an arrow, a bow and the dagger. is powered by Enkidū