Roman Silver Bull

 

Roman Silver Bull

A small ancient Roman silver alloy figurine in the form of a standing bull.

Ca. 1st-3rd century AD.
Height: 3/4 in. (2 cm).
Intact.

In the ancient world, the bull was an important symbol of strength, power, and fertility. The Romans associated the bull with the god Jupiter (Greek Zeus), who often appeared in the form of a bull in Greek and Roman mythology.

Formerly in a New York private collection; acquired at Hotel Drouot, Pescheteau-Badin-Ferrien, Paris, May 25, 1992; previously in French private collection.

Inv#: 7307

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