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English: Side B (reverse) of a two-sided Mithraic relief. Found at Fiano Romano, near Rome "couché dans un petit réduit de briques" in 1926. White marble (H. 62cm, W. 67 cm, D. 16 cm) on a travertine base (H. 10cm, W. 76cm, D. 50cm). 2nd-3rd century.
This (reverse) face of the monument depicts a banquet scene. In the middle, a bull's hide, of which the head and one hindleg are visible. Sol and Mithras recline on it side by side. Mithras holds a torch in his left hand and extends his right hand behind Sol. Sol is dressed only in a cape, fastened on his right shoulder with a fibula. Around Sol's head is a crown of eleven rays. He holds a whip in his left hand and extends the right towards a torchbearer who offers him a rhyton. In the lower right is another torchbearer, with raised torch in his left hand. In his right hand, a caduceus held into the water emerging from the ground. In the middle, an altar in the coils of a crested snake. In the upper left corner, Luna in a cloud, looking away. Traces of red paint on the attire of Sol, Mithras and the torchbearers. The obverse face of this monument is a tauroctony scene. See File:Mithras_tauroctony_Louvre_Ma3441b.jpg
Français : Mithra identifié au dieu Soleil en train de banqueter, accompagné par Séléné (la Lune) et les divinités jumelles Cautes (l'Aurore) et Cautopates (le Crépuscule). Marbre, face B d'un bas-relief romain, IIe–IIIe siècles ap. J.-C.
Dimensions H. 62cm, W. 67 cm, D. 16 cm. Travertine base: H. 10cm, W. 76cm, D. 50cm.
Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Denon, ground floor, room 25
Accession number Ma 3441 (MND 1911)
Credit line Gift de Cumont-Offenbach, 1939
References CIMRM 641
Source/Photographer Marie-Lan Nguyen (2007)


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