CIMRM 43 - Stars in the reveal of the niche. Dura Europos, Syria.
The soffit or reveal of the arched niche had been decorated with white stars on
a blue background. Near fig. 12,7 were the remnants of two persons in Phrygian
cap and wearing a cape held at the breast by a large brooch (Report, 102 and
Pl. XIII, 1,2). In the Latter Mithraeum, however, they have been covered up by
the twelve signs of the zodiac painted in red and white.
ILN 1934 fig. 1; GRA 1935 fig. 5, 6; Report, 110.
The signs of the zodiac are painted in a counter-clockwise direction. The series
began at the top of the soffit with Aries (lost) and Taurus (lost); then followed the
usual sequence through Virgo. The second set began at the bottom at the right.