Bulls were a common depiction is Roman art. They were, like other Classical cultures, a symbol of power and fertility. They were also amongst the animals most frequently slaughtered as a sacrificial victim. This practise was associated from the 2nd century AD to the great Mother goddess, to protect the people and the State. Within mythology, the bull was also heavily associated with the mystic cult of Mithras. The imagery of a bull being slaughtered by Mithras, known as a ‘tauroctony’, was synonymous with the cult’s identity.
Ancient Roman Bronze Bull Attachment
A striking Roman, bronze attachment formed into the shape of a bull. The beautifully moulded animal is positioned standing sideways, with its head twisted to face forward. It’s four feet are planted on a rectangular base, with careful attention paid to the muscles and tendons of his strong legs.The well-proportioned body leads to a thick neck, showing the muscularity of the animal. The face is turned towards the viewer and depicts a naturally rendered animal, with moulded detailing to the curling mane. Small, almond-shaped eyes and pert ears are delicately rendered. Two small horns emerge on top of the bull’s head. A long tail falls straight to the ground at the rear. The reverse of the attachment is hollow and unworked. The piece is supplied with a custom-made stand ( 286.8 g) that is include to the weight of attachment.
Provenance: Ex private French collection, Paris, acquired 1970s.
Condition: Excellent condition. Very fine detailing.
|Dimensions||L 13.1 x W 13.5 cm|