Roman - Bronze Votive Bull
Antiquities - Roman
GBP (£) 200 - 300
EUR (€) 240 - 350
USD ($) 260 - 390
Sold for (Inc. premium): £230
Circa 3rd century AD. A solid cast figure of a bull with horns, shoulder hump and dewlap; well modelled, standing on an integral rectangular base with corner feet. 48mm tall. Very fine.
Old English collection.
The worship of Mithras was one of the official religions of the Later Roman period, especially popular with the army; its central rite was the despatch of a bull, which figures in Mithraic iconography.
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH
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