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Taurophorus
marble, 2nd half of the 2nd century AD
159 x 48 x 42 cm
Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum, RL 142

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  • Title: Taurophorus
  • Creator: Unknown/Neznan
  • Location Created: Mithras Shrine I, Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum
  • Physical Dimensions: w48 x h159 x d42 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. Special attention should be paid to a pillared altar with a sculpture of Mithras known as Taurophorus (Mithras with a bull on his back), which represents one of the only two such monuments still to be found in the world.
  • Provenance: Pokrajinski muzej Ptuj Ormož/Regional Museum Ptuj Ormož
  • Type: sculpture

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