Cloaked figure behind a raven holds a wandt and watches Mithras slay the bull. By Michael Fuller from here.
Fresco, painted on the West wall.
Minto, l.c., 359ff and Pl. XVII; AA 1926. fig. 21; Saxl, 74; Reitzenstein in
ARW 1930, 42ff and fig. 10; Campanile, l.c. fig. 2. See fig. 52.
In a brown cave-vault Mithras kills the white bull, whose tail ends in three
golden-yellow ears. The god is dressed in red eastern attire with a green piping
decorated. with yellow ornaments. The sheath at his side and the shoes are yellow.
On his head with dark curly hair, the front of which is damaged (1), he wears a red
Phrygian cap with a green piping similar to those on the other garments. The
inside of the flying cloak is adorned with seven stars On an azure firmament.
The raven, represented as a dove, is perched on the rocky ledge. A brown dog
leaps against the bull in order to lick the blood from the wound; a big greenish
snake is creeping over the ground and turns its head in the same direction; a yellow
scorpion is at the genitalia.
On either side a torchbearer with a red Phrygian cap, yellow anaxyrides and red
foot-wear. In the l.h. a bow; in the r.h. a torch. Not cross-legged. Cautes on the
l.side has a star on his cap and he wears underneath his red cloak a yellow chiton
trimmed at the bottom with meandering hem. Cautopates (r), however, is dressed
in a greyish chiton with a similar green meandering hem, but moreover on his
breast a green tabula-ornament.
In the corners of the cave-vault two heads with greenish hair: a bearded head
with two red horns on the front (l) and a female head (r), the r.eye of which is
damaged (Oceanus and Terra).
On the azure vault, the bust of Sol, with in his r.h. a gilded whip or sceptre, and
around his shoulders a dark red cape. Around his reddish hair a radiate crown with
seven rays, one of which darts out towards Mithras. On the other side (r) the head
of Luna in a crescent and with a diadem in the brown hair.
(1) It might be suspected that the destruction of Mithras' face was caused on purpose by
his antagonists. According to, a custodian however, they had been inflicted by playing