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Lot 0220
**Originally Listed At $1400**

Ancient Near East, Anatolian, ca. 2nd to 1st millennium BCE. A handsome cast bronze protome in the form of an elongated bull head and neck with a wide plate-like terminal for attachment. A heavy loop from the top of the neck allowed the object it was attached to to be hung. The bull's neck is muscular, the head with a long snout and slightly parted mouth. Deep wells for eye cavities indicate that it once had inlays, probably of precious metal or stone - a similar known example has lapis lazuli eyes, for example. Large horns curve backward from the top of the head, nearly meeting over the back. The back attachment plate has three large bronze pins through it, relics of its previous use, when it likely graced a vessel or small piece of furniture like a chest. Size: 2.6" W x 3" H (6.6 cm x 7.6 cm); 3.95" H (10 cm) on included custom stand.

Bucrania - bull heads - were very popular throughout the ancient world, celebrating the ritual religious practice of sacrificing bulls as well as the symbolism of the bull as a virile, powerful animal. In the eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, the bull symbolized the god of fertility from at least the 3rd millennium BCE, and bucrania appear on documents and models of sanctuaries.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Richard Wagner collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in the 1960s

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Pretty mottled emerald green and turquoise patina on surface. Tips of both horns are lost, but otherwise in very nice condition with clear form.

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Handsome Anatolian Bronze Bull Protome

Estimate $2,000 - $2,800Closed 410 Lots Ago
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