Greek bovine with long horns

Greek
Early Archaic Period
about 600 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 018.

Dimensions

Height: 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.1461

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Presumably a bull, this animal is a good specimen of a fairly common type of timeless bronze in the Geometric tradition. Usually these bulls are dated by the degree of naturalism involved, and they were certainly made in rural Greece as late as the end of the Archaic period. Examples found at Olympia come from the altar area southwest of the Metroon. Green patina, with slight corrosion.

Provenance

By date unknown: Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. Collection; by 1964: consigned by Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. to Origins, 159 Newbury Street, Boston; purchased by MFA from Origins, September 23, 1964

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund