Statuette of a bull

Roman
Imperial Period
about 2nd century A.D.


Dimensions

Height: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); depth: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1973.215

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of a bull, finely executed in a stately pose. He stands firmly on all four feet with the head proudly raised. Careul attention to details like the heavy dewlap, curly topknot, and muscular body. A pinhole between the horns may have served to fasten an Egyptian symbolic headdress, indicating that this might have been an Apis bull. The hole is, however, well forward of the top of the head, and it would have been difficult for a headdress to have been mounted vertically, as Apis headdresses were.

Provenance

By 1973: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York, N.Y. 10021 (acquired by him in England, from an English collection); purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, May 9, 1973

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour