Deaccessioned September 24, 2015

Bull-protome

Greek
Hellenistic Period
200 B.C. or later


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 097.

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 9.5 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm (3 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1977.728

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman, probably the former and very likely to be dated 250 to 200 B.C. Bull-Protome, set above and partly within three interconnected rings. The three rings join the hollowed back of the head at a trapezoidal fillet-molding (1 cm. thick). These rings are enriched with engraved circles, and the bull’s ears are pierced, for suspension. Hair (hide: head, face) is represented by stylized channels and crisscross lines. A rolled fillet of parallel lines divides the snout from the length of the nose. Green patina with black areas. Once mounted on a door (modern), removed and cleaned.

Provenance

Said to be from near Diyarbakir (Amida), southeast Turkey. 1977, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner, West Barnstable, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 12, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner