Large Hellenistic Terracotta Protome of a Bull

Culture: Greek
Period: 3rd-2nd century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 14 cm
Price: Reserved
Ref: 2565
Provenance: US private collection, auctioned on 8 November 2018 in a US auction house, lot 26A (described as Roman). Thence in a New York private collection.
Condition: Right ear reattached, otherwise intact with remains of white engobe.
Description: Large and impressive terracotta protome in form of a bull’s head. The animal with strong, naturalistic features, broad nostrils with deep holes and bulging, finely modelled brows. The eyes are wide open, the gaze is slightly directed upwards. On the forehead prominent curls. The ears are turned forward to listen. The long, curved horns underline the special power position of the grown-up bull. Three perforations on top serve for suspension on a vase or furniture. Mounted.