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Greek Terracotta Votive Bull

Ancient Greece, ca. 6th century BCE. A wonderful hollow-cast zoomorphic terracotta votive figure in the form of a horned bull, formed using a bivalve mold. The animal is rendered quite naturalistically, depicting almond-shaped eyes, a prominent snout, a wavy dewlap, and a rotund body, all while standing upon four hooved legs. This votive model would have been left at an altar or temple, perhaps as a plea to the gods for plentiful harvests, increased strength and virility, or simply for a beloved pet bull that had fallen ill. The hollow interior may have at one point contained papyrus fragments with simple written prayers. Size: 4.75" L x 3.25" H (12.1 cm x 8.3 cm).

Condition: Repaired with small amount of new material along central mold line. Age-commensurate surface wear, fading to some details, light discoloration, and small chips to both horns and bottom rim, otherwise very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-collection of Professor Dr. Gunther Marschall, Hamburg, Germany (1913 - 1997), acquired between 1967 and 1975

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