Pawing Bull

Pawing Bull

500-475 BC


Overall: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1930.336


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This solid-cast bronze bull is nearly intact, missing only its tail.


With its head slightly lowered and right foreleg raised in a pawing motion, this robust bull seems poised for action. The pose closely resembles that of bulls on coins minted at Thurii, a Greek colony in South Italy, but the statuette seems earlier in date and could have other associations. Perhaps the bull once carried the princess Europa, for example, or battled a lion or a hero. Alternatively, it may have stood alone as a small-scale offering, representing the actual bulls sometimes sacrificed to deities.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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