Ancient Roman Bronze - Statuette of the god Mercury with its original pedestal - 2nd century AD - h 7.3 cm
Ca. 100-300 AD
Crafted from bronze, this freestanding bull figurine showcases a short tail, a thick body, and a large head adorned with pronounced horns. These distinctive features evoke the power and strength associated with the bull, an animal of great significance in the Roman world. Symbolically, the bull held multifaceted meanings in Roman culture. It was often associated with agricultural abundance, reflecting the importance of agriculture in sustaining the Roman Empire. The bull's robust physique and imposing presence also made it a symbol of strength and virility, embodying the martial and warrior aspects of Roman society. Moreover, the bull featured prominently in Roman mythology and religious practices. It was associated with deities such as Jupiter, who was often depicted in the form of a bull. The animal's association with divinity further reinforced its symbolic significance as a representation of power and divine authority.
Size: L:20mm / W:35mm ; 35g
Provenance: Private London collection; formerly acquired in the US in the 1990s.
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