White marble relief (H. 1.63 Br. 1.87 D. 0.23-Q.35). At first in Rome, Villa
Borghese; nowadays Paris, Louvre, Inv. No. 1024. Probably third century A.D.
Montelatici, Villa Borghese, 165; 181; Zoega, Abh., 148 No. 4; Clarac, Mus.
Sculpt., II 307 No. 58 and Pl. 204 No. 58; de Hammer, Mithriaca, Pl. XXII;
Lajard, Intr., Pl. LXXVI, 2; Froehner, Not. Sculpt., 502 No. 570; MMM II
223ff No. 57 and fig. 53; 481 No. 57a; Cecchelli in Roma 1941, Taf. XXII.
In a rocky cave Mithras as a bullkiller: The god's face has an expression of
effort or grief. The dog and the serpent are present; the torchbearers and the
scorpion are lacking. Three holes in the cave above Mithras' cloak may have
served for fastening the raven. In the upper corners Sol's head (l) and Luna's head
Restorations: Mithras' r. arm, l.h., wrist, neck and part of his cloak; the bull's
head and part of its r. horn; the dog except the forelegs; the serpent's head; the
heads of Sol and Luna; parts of the cave.