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Lot 83





Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'400 GBP ---


Etrusco Roman triple horned bull
3rd – 2nd century BC
length cm 6 (2’’)
Standing with front right leg raised as though about to walk; the tail is curled on itself, laying on the back. The characteristic triple horns remind the depiction of the ancient solar god Tarvus Trigaranus.
This statuette represents the Etrusco Roman religious syncretism, probably a religious or ritual object for a temple. Symbol of power and virility the bull is used as an image of fertility and beneficence, fighting on behalf of humankind against the negative forces of disease, barrenness and death.

PROVENANCE
Property of a gentleman; acquired on the European art market between 1960s and 1980s.

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