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Monumentum

Tauroctony of Absalmos

The relief depict several unusual scenes from Mithras's myth.
 
 
PublishedMithraeum.eu
15 Jun 2009
Updated on 10 Feb 2022
 
Tauractony with several mythical scenes at the Israel Museum

Tauractony with several mythical scenes at the Israel Museum
Carole Raddato (CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

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An interesting new Mithraic relief, with several unique features, formerly the property of Mr. Samuel Merrin, was presented to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 1997 by its American Friends (inv. no. 97.95.19). It is a limestone slab, measuring 65.7 x 49 x 9.5 cm, divided into a central ‘cave’, containing the main scene and four others, with panels on either side.

The central scene shows a conventional Mithras, in Parthian-style clothes, and wearing boots, killing the bull. On his belt hang two sheaths containing daggers or swords, and he holds a third in his right hand.
 
 

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