**Originally Listed At $500**
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A handsome cast-bronze bull figurine, posed atop an integral platform in a standing position. The animal has the characteristic curved back and broad head of the living animal, with wide horns that project from the sides of the head. A tail in relief lies against his rump, and he has a clearly visible phallus. The bull and its symbolic likeness has a significant history throughout the ancient world. Bulls were central to the Roman's cult of Mithras with their central tenant of tauroctony, the sacred slaying of the bull. This figure may have graced a personal altar or been given as an offering at a temple to the god. Size: 2.45" W x 1.75" H (6.2 cm x 4.4 cm)
Provenance: The Dere Family Collection, New York, USA, assembled 1970's-2000's; ex-Richard Wagner Collection, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in 1960's
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Nice preservation of form with some details remaining. Pretty mottled light and dark green patina.