Danube Virtual Museum

Relief of Mithras

Title: Relief of Mithras
Location/Region: Smederevo
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Culture: Roman
Material: Stone
Dimensions: W 67,5 cm; H 61 cm
Production Technique: Carving


Mithras killing the bull is presented at the center of the plate, thrusting the knife under the bull’s shoulder blade. Bellow the downed bull the snake is licking the blood and the scorpion is sucking his genitalia. On the left and right there are the torch-bearers.The one on the right is holding a torch upright, while the other on the left is holding a torch with the flame turned down. In the upper corners of the plate there are two horse heads symbolizing the Sol’s carriage. At the bottom of the plate there is an three- line inscription: D/DEC.AEDIL/COL.VIM.EXVOTOIMP