The original of this bronze bull's head is a carved stone (steatite) rhyton (ritual pouring vessel) with inlaid shell, jasper and crystal. 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. It was found in Knossos in Crete and dates to ca 1550-1500 BC. It 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 piece have been restored and were probably made of gilded wood.
This rhyton 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. Also, please allow for variations of a millimetre or two from the specified height. It is mounted on a marble base.
|dimensions etc||Height including his base: 28cm|
bronze bull's head rhyton (large)
- Code: BA-60
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £166.67