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Mithra sacrificing a bull.

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Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Religion -- Ancient

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1890
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC WON RELI-Anc
Bulls -- Religious aspects
Phrygians -- To 499
Mithras (Zoroastrian deity)
Gods, Zoroastrian
Mythology, Iranian
Rome -- Religion
Content : "Bas-relief in the Louvre. This is the most important monument remaining to us of the Persian worship of Mithra in the Roman Empire. Mithra in his cavern (spelaeum) sacrifices to Jupiter Sabazius the bull whose blood will give regeneration. Around the prostrate bull are a scorpion, a serpent, and a dog. To the right and left the Genius of the day, with lighted torch, and of the night with torch extinguished. Overhead is the earth with its productions; higher still, Aurora about to disappear, and the sun ascending from the horizon. Upon the bull the inscription: 'To Mithra, the invincible Sun-God.' This bas-relief was consecrated at Rome in a vault beneath the Capitol." -- printed note to caption on bottom of sheet.

Source note: History of Rome and of the Roman people from its origin to the invasion of the barbarians : containing over three thousand engravings, one hundred maps and plans and numerous chromolithographs. (Boston : Estes and Lauriat, 1890) Duruy, Victor (1811-1894), Author. Mahaffy, John Pentland, Sir (1839-1919), Editor.
Physical Description
Form: Line photoengravings ( Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials )
Extent: 1 print : b ; image 10 x 12 cm. (sheet 24.2 x 15.6 cm.)
Type of Resource
Still image
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: 8c11e770-c5bf-012f-80b7-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1890: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mithra sacrificing a bull." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5ff3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mithra sacrificing a bull." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 29, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5ff3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1890). Mithra sacrificing a bull. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5ff3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Mithra sacrificing a bull.