Marble statue depicting Mihtra, a Persian deity of the sun killing a bull. The object was found in Rome; dated to the 2nd century CE. Currently, the artifact is in The British Museum.
Mitra is shown in eastern dress and a Phrygian cap (symbol of freedom). The dog and snake try to lick blood, and the scorpion attacks the genitals of the bull. The cult of Mithras in Rome began to spread in the first century CE. during the reign of the the Flavian dynasty.
Photos: Zywia Karasinska Fluks
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