Relief in limestone (H. 1.25 Br. 0.90 D. 0.085). Museo Capitolino.
C. L. Visconti in Bullettino della Comissione archeologica municipale (=BCM)1874,224 ff and Pl. XX; Lanciani, Rome, 166; MMM II 200ff and fig. 26; Saxl, 30f and figs, 85, 90 (points at Egyptian influence). See fig. 98.
The relief is worked as an engraving. Mithras in Eastern attire with a sheath at
his side, kills in a cave the bull whose tail ends in ears. Two strips on its body
seem to indicate a large band. The dog with collar near the wound; the serpent
creeps over the ground; the scorpion at the testicles. Near the cave on each
side a tree; the raven is perched on the branches of the left one. On either side of
the main scene Cautes (r) and Cautopates (l) in Eastern attire; cross-legged.
In the l. upper corner the dressed bust of Sol with seven rays, one of which is
darting out in the direction of Mithras; in the other corner the dressed bust of
Luna in crescent. Underneath each of them another bust (Dioscuri ?).
Below the main scene in the lower corners, two scenes:
1) Left: Mithras stands before the kneeling, naked Sol and lays his left on the
latter's head. In his right, near his sheath, he holds a knife. Sol stretches out
one arm and with the other he clasps one of Mithras' legs.
2) Right: Mithras and a dressed, bearded figure on either side of an altar, above
which the latter holds the r.h. Mithras hold the latter's wrist and keeps the
knife near it as though he wanted to cut it (blood-alliance ?).
Between these two scenes an inscription:
CIL VI 3730; MMM 11 No. 43.
C(auto)p(ati) / Primus pater fecit.
On the relief numerous traces of colours have been preserved: the cave: dark-red;
the attire of Mithras, the torchbearers and Sol: pourple; the trousers of the
torchbearers and of Mithras: yellow; Luna and the two small busts: yellow; Sol's
crown and Mithras' dagger: gold;the raven: black; hair-dress: red-brown.