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AN ACHAEMENID ELECTRUM BULL HEAD ATTACHMENT
AN ACHAEMENID ELECTRUM BULL HEAD ATTACHMENT

CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

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AN ACHAEMENID ELECTRUM BULL HEAD ATTACHMENT
CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
With powerful curving neck, three thick strands of ribbed hair down the middle, the bottom edged with a cylindrical ribbed curl of hair, similar short ribbed hairs framing the jaw, the long ears held back against the side of head, from the crown of the head emerge two thick horns which curl backwards, a small cylindrical ribbed forelock below on the bridge of the nose, the wide eyes with triple-ridged arching eyebrows, large flaring nostrils with chased details
2 in. (5 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, Germany, acquired in the early 1970s.
German art market, 1988.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 25 April 2007, lot 156.

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Lot Essay

For a similar style bull in sculpture cf. R. Ghirshman, Iran: Pathians and Sassanians, London, 1962, p. 9, pl. 14, dated to the 6th-5th Century B.C.

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