Roman bronze protome of a bull

SKU MS.942
Circa

100 AD to 300 AD

Dimensions

9″ (22.9cm) high

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

Hollow-cast bronze protome of a bull, naturalistically modeled with upward-curving horns, with traces of ridged bands at their base. The animal is presented with small projecting ears, heavy-lidded eyes, whereas the muzzle, nostrils and mouth are all well defined. Presence of a dewlap indicated by a ridge running from the underside of the muzzle down between the animal’s prancing forelegs. The figurine must have been appliqué on a larger artefact, most possibly paired with a similar zoomorphic protome.

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