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Relief of Mithras slaying the bull (Mithras Tauroctonos)

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This relief shows an important scene from the life of Mithras, a god of Iranian origin whose cult had established itself in the Roman world by the second century A.D. The slaying of the bull terminated the god's heroic labors and served as the central image in the cults sanctuaries (known as...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Sculpture in Stone: from Rome; said to have been found near the Ponte Palatino, in the river bed or bank); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, September 1892

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 125–175

Place of Manufacture

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 240; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 044-045.

Dimensions

Height x width: 65 x 85 cm (25 9/16 x 33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

92.2692

Medium or Technique

Marble, from Carrara in northwest Italy

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture