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Bronze statuette of a bull

Date:
ca. 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 2 5/16 x 4 5/16 in. (5.9 x 11 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
11.140.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The bull was a powerful symbol in many ancient religions, none more so than in that of Egypt, where the animal was worshipped as the god Apis. The Romans found it easier to accept the Apis bull than some of the more exotic deities of the Egyptian pantheon, like the ibis-headed god Thoth or the jackal-headed Anubis, and they ridiculed Egyptians as worshippers of animals such as cats and crocodiles.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 427, pp. 169-70, New York: Gilliss Press.

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