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Terra sigillata bowl depicting the Mithraic cult meal from Trier

This terra sigillata was found in 1926 in a grave on the Roman cemetery of St. Matthias, Trier. An eyelet indicates that it could have been hung on a wall.
28 Jul 2021
TS bowl C3806

TS bowl C3806
Rheinisches Landesmuseum


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[A] representation of the first cult meal is found on a specially made terra sigillata bowl from Trier, which was found in a grave from the third century. What is interesting here is the depiction of an obvious symbolism in that the dadophores are shown twice, once in the flesh, so to speak, and once as a cock (= cautes) or nightingale (cautopates).

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