The original of this bronze bull's head was a carved stone (steatite) rhyton (ritual pouring vessel) with inlaid shell, jasper and crystal and was found in Knossos in Crete, dating to ca 1550-1500 BC. 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. 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 is in the museum in Heraklion, Crete.

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. Please allow for variations of a millimetre or two from the specified height. He is mounted on a marble base.

dimensions etc Height including his marble base: 13cm

bronze bull's head rhyton (small)

  • Code: BA-61
  • Status: In Stock
  • £55.00

  • excl tax: £45.83