Lot 12: Ancient Roman Bronze Bull Figural Buckle
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A bronze figural buckle in the form of a bull's head, with fine details giving the appearance of fur around the forehead and small ears sticking out from beside the short horns. The bull's head sits in the middle of a design of five half-circles. From the 2nd to 4th centuries, Roman practices included the taurobolium, the ritual sacrifice of a bull for the good of the people. The skull of a bull in Classical art even has a name, the bucranium - doubtlesss where this cheerful fellow was headed. Comes with custom stand. Size: 3.15" W x 2.9" H (8 cm x 7.4 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Brand Collection, Philadelphia, PA
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Condition Report: Age wear, but shape and most details are clear.