A South Arabian bronze bull's head attachment

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Lot 108
A South Arabian bronze bull's head attachment

Sold for £ 12,562 (US$ 16,945) inc. premium

Antiquities

23 Jul 2020, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

A South Arabian bronze bull's head attachment
Circa 1st-3rd Century A.D.
With short curved horns set above small protruding ears, the large rounded eyes with pronounced rims and ridged eyebrows, with short wrinkled muzzle, the back with curved hollow recess, 12cm long x 9cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, 1960s, Switzerland.

    For a bronze bull with similar features, dating to 1st-2nd Century A.D., see St. John Simpson (ed.), Queen of Sheba, Treasures from ancient Yemen, London, 2002, p. 174, no. 224, British Museum acc. no. ANE 1971-2-27. Bull imagery occurs frequently in Southwest Arabian decorative art and is found on funerary stelae, seals and dedicatory religious sculpture, as well as in architectural elements.
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