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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 99

    A MYCENAEAN TERRACOTTA BULL

    LATE HELLADIC III, CIRCA 1400-1300 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MYCENAEAN TERRACOTTA BULL
    LATE HELLADIC III, CIRCA 1400-1300 B.C.
    The long cylindrical body decorated with wavy lines, standing on tapering legs, the head with a pointed muzzle and large curving horns
    4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) long


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    For a similar example, see no. 217 in Demakopoulou, ed., The Mycenaean World, Five Centuries of Early Greek Culture, 1600-1100 BC. These stylized animal figurines were produced in bulk, according to Demakopoulou (P. 225, op. cit.), and "are thought usually to have been dedicated in shrines, but a very large number come from tombs and may have been children's toys."

    Provenance

    with Galerie Günter Puhze, Freiburg, 1996.
    with Charles Ede, London, 1998.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A U.S. PRIVATE COLLECTION