CIMRM 187 - Initiation ceremony 1. S. Maria Capua Vetere, Italy.
Smaller blindfolded figure is being initiated. By Michael Fuller, from here.
The first panel shows us an assistant mystagogue dressed in a short white
tunic guiding the initiand, whose naked body is rendered in red ochre, and
whose eyes are covered by a white blindfold (V 187). This recalls the remark
of Ambrosiaster (the name now given to an anonymous fourth-century
commentator on the Epistles of Paul) that in spelaeo velatis oculis illuduntur,
'they are deceived in the cave when they have their eyes blindfolded'.107
These are the five panels which Clauss identifies as the initiation series, one per grade.
CIMRM 187 - Initiation ceremony 1. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 188 - Initiation ceremony 2. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 191 - Initiation ceremony 3. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 194 - Initiation ceremony 4. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 193 - Initiation ceremony 5. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
Number of entries: 5
On the front of the more recent benches several scenes have been represented,
separated by red vertical bands. They refer to the initiation into the mysteries.
On the r. bench (N. side) from the entrance to the niche successively:
Minto, 368 and fig. 10. See fig. 57.
The mystagogus (H. 0.40) dressed in a short white tunica with red stripes, leads
a blindfolded myste. The latter is painted red, the bandage white.