8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE BULL
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The powerful animal depicted striding forward, the right foreleg raised, the head lifted and inclined to his right, the details of the musculature and the pliant folds of the ridged dewlap naturalistically modelled, the eyes recessed for now-missing inlays, the curving tail separately made and inserted, a circular mortise at the back of the head likely for insertion of an Apis crown
5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) long
German Private Collection.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1989.
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C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-106.
For a bronze statuette of a bull preserving its crescent moon crown, and therefore depicting the Egyptian god Apis, see no. 140 in von Bothmer, et al., Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis.
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