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Bronze statuette of a bull

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 1 13/16 x 2 13/16 in. (4.6 x 7.1 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.210
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Inscribed in Greek, Thaletas dedicated me to the Kabeiroi

The Kabirion of Thebes, where this votive was found, was one of the most important mystery cult centers of the little-known divine Kabeiroi. Bronze bulls such as this were the most common type of dedication to be made there.
Inscription: In Greek: "Thaletas dedicated me to the Kabeiroi"
From the Kabirion at Thebes

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Classical Bronzes: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(3): pp. 74-5, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 67, 209, pl. 49d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 192, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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