Terracotta bull figure [Π 7177]

Item Details

Source

Αρχείο της Εφορείας Αρχαιοτήτων Χανίων

Bibliographic Citation

Β.Νινιού-Κινδελή, "Ο ταύρος στον μεσογειακό κόσμο, Μύθοι και λατρείες", ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΔΑ 2001-2004, 136-141 & 175, αρ.61

Provenance

Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Χανίων

Medium

Πηλός

Temporal Coverage

323 π.Χ.
Ελληνιστική εποχή
67 π.Χ.

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Description

This terracotta bull figure is made with a variety of modelling types. The figure is crudely modeled. The body and the legs are wheel made. The bull’s head is mould made. This find is modelled in a naturalistic way. Holes were used to indicate the nostrils; there is a deep horizontal incision for the mouth. Emphasis is placed on the rendering of those anatomical details typical of the animal, like eyes, horns, genitals and dewlap. The anatomical details: the tail, the genitals and the horns were modelled by hand. Bands of brown paint extend from the head to the front right leg. Traces of paint occur on the body. In addition, the careless rendering of the figure has also been characterized as "a step towards to mass-production”. This figurine was found at a sanctuary space together with other hundreds of votives, close to the altar. Animal figurines are frequently found in open-air shrines, where they were deposited as offerings to the deities.
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