Votive bull

Greek
Late Archaic Period
about 490 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 057; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 5.3 x 8 cm (2 1/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.663

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The bull is inscribed on one side in Greek. Translation: “Homoloïchos [dedicated this] to the child of Kabeiros.” Green patina.

Inscription

ΟΜΟΛΟΙΧΟΣ ΠΑ|ΔΙ ΚΑΒΙΡΟ

Provenance

1897: said to have been seen in the Art Market in Athens; by 1897: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 142 (said to be from the Kabeirion, Thebes); by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund