From: Wikimedia Commons. By ChrisO. "Mithras performing the tauroctony. Roman sculpture of the 3rd century AD, on display at the Museo Archaeologico Regionale, Palermo, Sicily. 30 April 2006"
Frame-work relief in white marble (H. 0.67 Br. 0.73 D. 0:15). The assumed find-place
Panormus is uncertain, as the relief (as well as No. 165) was part of the Coll.
Astuto di Noto, which has been stored partly in Sicilia, partly at Rome. Palermo,
Mus. Nazionale (Inv. No. 751).
Salinas, Mus. Pal., 13; MMM II 269 No. 119 with fig. 112; RRS II 476, 2;
Pace, Sic. Ant., III 675 n. 5; fig. 46 through the kind intercession of the
Direction of the Museum.
In the middle Mithras killing the bull with averted face. The dog licks the blood;
the scorpion at the genitalia; the snake creeping over the ground. Remarkable is
the lion's head, represented in front of the snake's head. On either side a torchbearer,
one of which is cross-legged. Torches, which they held in their l.h., lost;
restored their r.arms; yet the sword of Cautopates seems to be genuine. On the
surrounding cave entrance the heads of Sol and Luna; between them the raven.
Restorations: Mithras' dagger and the head of Cautes.