Attachment or handle with bull's protome

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
5th–6th century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 098.

Dimensions

Height x width: 11.5 x 10 cm (4 1/2 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1973.164

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Attachment or handle with stylized bull’s protome surrounded on three sides by flattened rings with incised circular decoration. Within the ring below the animal’s snout is set a Greek cross, a motif echoed by a smaller cross engraved on the bull’s forehead. The ring on the left side of the head has been broken away; the entire surface is covered with a pale green patina.

Provenance

By 1973: Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner to MFA, March 14, 1973

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner