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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    A GREEK MARBLE BULL

    ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA MID TO LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GREEK MARBLE BULL
    ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA MID TO LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
    Standing four-square, the tail curving over the right flank and across the back, the tassel resting on the left side, the tassel hair a series of zigzag lines, the head with short projecting triangular ears, the horns lost, the ridged poll with concentric semicircles falling below, the large round eyes with raised lids, a caruncle in each corner, the cylindrical muzzle flat at the end, with crescentic nostrils and a slit mouth, raised zigzag along the jowls, the dewlap ridged, the hide a series of irregular stippling
    16½ in. (41.9 cm.) long


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    For related bulls see the example, thought to be of Ionian workmanship, now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, p. 41 in Johansen, Catalogue, Greece in the Archaic Period, and the two bulls from Kastamonu in Paphlagonia, south of the Black Sea, pl. 85 in Akurgal, Griechische und Römische Kunst in der Turkei.

    Provenance

    London Art Market, 1986.