Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mithras in the Vatican Museum

This particular Mithras has been restored a lot,
so of course he looks great.
He's got the Phrygian cap on,
and as he stabs the bull the three animals are apparent-
the snake and dog (in this detail)
as well as the scorpion down by his testicles-
who tried to steal the bull's blood.
It's a very classical looking piece.

1 comment:

Drastic Plastic said...

This is CIMRM 548 in Vermaseren's catalogue of Mithraic monuments.