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Published Greek Archaic Bronze Bull

Greece, Archaic Period, ca. 7th century BCE. A simple, elegant representation of a standing bull, probably made as a votive figure to be placed in a temple or altar for worship. The bull stands atop four long, thin legs, his powerful body connected by them, with the muscles in his neck emphasized by incised lines. His head is large, held proudly upward, with massive, curving horns dominating it. Animals were very common motifs in the Geometric period, with the bull, symbol of virility and power, being a particularly popular subject. Size: 2.75" W x 2.1" H (7 cm x 5.3 cm); 3" H (7.6 cm) on included custom stand.

Published "Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis" by Bernard V. Bothmer, p. 172, 1999

Condition: Excellent preservation of form, with beautiful deep teal patina.

Provenance: private Florida, USA collection; purportedly purchased at Sotheby’s, New York (December, 1999); ex-Christos G. Bastis collection

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