Roman Marble Relief Fragment of a Bull

GBP 985.00

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Object Description

A fragmentary marble relief fragment, possibly part of a cornice, depicting the head of a bull. The head is partly turned to one side and though the details are now a little worn, the hair between the horns, the ears and the facial details can be clearly seen. Supplied with a purpose-made stand (height with stand 10.5 cms).

Roman marble sculpture is usually anthropomorphic. Emperors, prominent citizens and deities are all known from marble busts, but animals are rarely depicted. The depiction of a bull may have had a purely decorative function, however of the few animals depicted in marble, some can be identified as being the animal attendants of specific deities and so this may have been a symbol of, or allusion to, an associated deity perhaps Mithras.

Object Condition

Fine condition; fragmentary above the base of the horns and below the neck.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    H:10.5 centimeters

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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