The original bronze bull's head (of which this is a much reduced and simplified reproduction) was a carved steatite rhyton (a ritual pouring vessel) with inlaid shell, jasper and crystal and was found in Knossos in Crete. It dates to ca 1550-1500 BC and is now in the museum in Heraklion.
The bull played a prominent role in Minoan culture, with bull images appearing constantly on frescoes and on pottery. The horns on the original rhyton have been restored and were probably made of gilded wood. The original is hollow with a hole in the top into which liquid could be poured; when the head was tipped, the liquid would pour out of the mouth.
This bronze item is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring.
mini bronze bull's head
- Code: BA-92
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £12.50