CIMRM 391 - Other finds. Barberini Mithraeum, Rome
The area before the cult fresco, showing the altar and the marble slab. By Pascal Lemaire.
CIMRM 391. By Pascal Lemaire.
Square marble slab (0.30), walled in the right projecting elevation before the
Yperanthes / basem inbicto / donum / dedit.
The name of Yperanthes seems to be of Persian origin (cf. CIG XII p. 480). The inscription stands in a red frame, in which traces of red and blue colours.
Before the niche in the central aisle stands an altar (H. 0.80 Br. 0.60), covered
with marble. The altar is pierced by a hole (diam. 0.17-0.12) in which traces of
fire are to be seen. Below this hole, on the back a second hole (depth 0.25) has
been made. See fig. 111, a.
On the last column of the left bench, a standing person has been painted in red,
pressing his l.h. against his, breast and stretching out his r.h. towards an apparently
kneeling person, whose head is covered with ivy. The latter stretches both hands
(Annibaldi, fig. 4).
On the last column but one, a standing person in short tunic with a wreath of
ivy. In his l.h. he carries fruits.