Mithra's birth marble, 2nd half of the 2nd century AD 97 x 46 x 31 cm Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum, RL 143
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Title: Mithra's birth
Location Created: Mithras Shrine I, Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum
Physical Dimensions: w46 x h97 x d31 cm
Long Description: Antique Poetovio used to rank among the biggest centres of Mithraic religion in the Roman Empire. The western area, nowadays known under the name of Spodnja Hajdina, concealed the oldest Mithras Shrine in the Roman Upper-Danube Provinces, which was unearthed in 1898 and 1899. In the middle of the 2nd century AD, it was founded by administrators of the Illyrian customs station based in Poetovio. The Shrine is kept in situ – on the site where it was found. It contains several votive stones with inscriptions and reliefs showing myths and attributes related to Mithras, and various stages of worshippers’ spiritual progression. In the central lowered part, a sculpture on the sacrificial altar represents Mithras’ birth from a rock."
Provenance: Pokrajinski muzej Ptuj Ormož/Regional Museum Ptuj Ormož