CIMRM 479 - Tauroctony. Santa Prisca, Rome, Italy.
Cult niche. The remains of Mithras kneeling on the bull, about to stab it. Before him a reclining statue of Oceanus. From: Flickr. By spalluza, February 23, 2013.
On the main side of the niche, there certainly was a representation in stucco of
Mithras, slaying the bull. Parts of the flying cloak and the frout part of the
jumping dog are preserved. A gilded head (H. 0.25) in Phrygian cap and turned
to the right may have belonged to this group (see fig. 132).
On the r. side of the niche, in stucco the front part of a foreshortened representation
of Mithras with a white bull. The bull's breast and neck and Mithras'
r.h. are preserved as well as the greater part of his flying cloak.
On the l. side of the niche there must have been a representation as well, as a
number of nail-holes prove. Ferrura suggests the scene on which Mithras climbs a
tree, it seems to me however, that there was a representation of Mithras' rockbirth.
Large parts of Mithras' red cloak are preserved; the head has been found in
1954. The border of the niche has been decorated with the heads of the seven
planets. A head of Saturnus-Sarapis has been found near the entrance of the sacristy.
It is bearded and supports a modius (H. 0.50). See fig. 133 and cf. No. 818.