Greek, Hellenistic, ca. 3rd century BCE. A wonderful molded and hand-modeled terracotta rhyton in the form of a bull head, replete with life-like features and wonderful detailing on the eyes, snout, and furry coat between his horns - with a strap handle on underside for pouring. Rhytons like this example demonstrate the ancients' refined taste for special tableware, and this piece was probably used both as a drinking cup and as a pouring vessel to decant wine into drinking bowls during festive banquets. Zoomorphic forms like this one were popular throughout the Classical world, and bulls symbolized power, signifying virility and masculinity, qualities prized above all others in ancient Greece. What's more, bull figures were often given as offerings at the Temple of Zeus of Olympia. Size: 7.25" L x 4.75" H (18.4 cm x 12.1 cm); 5.375" H (13.7 cm) on included custom stand.
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Collection of Richard Wagner, Vale Cod, Massachusetts, acquired in 1970's
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