Deaccessioned September 24, 2015


Hellenistic Period
200 B.C. or later

Catalogue Raisonné

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


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


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World



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.


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