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ID 795
Grid Ref SP0201
Project type Unknown
County Gloucestershire
Site Cirencester?
Site Type Civitas capital
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 0
Object Period 0
Material Bronze
Location Corinium Museum
Ref No B526
Form Figurine
Type Animal
Name Bull
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Worn and slightly corroded; left foreleg missing and right foreleg slightly broken, tail broken
Classical 1
Quality Classical 3
Photo Yes
Illustration Yes
Height 55.00
Length 66.00
Parallels Boucher 1976, 171, fig 314+ 222, fig 377; Kaufmann-Heinimann 1977, no 91; Menzel 1966, no 94 + 1986, no 128, 131
References Henig and Paddock 1993, 92, fig. 4, 10; Toynbee 1964, 123
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Description The animal holds it head high; it is heavily dewlapped and has prominent ears and horns. The tail is curved upwards over its rump. Its left fore-leg and part of its tail are broken away. . . Both two-horned and three-horned bulls occur on Romano_celtic bronzes. Bulls were often endowed with divine attributes by the Celts. Amongst the Romans, the sacrificial bull was of great importance. The figurine would have been an appropriate gift for deposition at a shrine (Henig). Fairly simple rendition, although the strength of the beast is emphasised by the heavy dewlaps and fine musculature of the body. Nicely curled horns with fairly large ears below. Although now slightly corroded the face is quite engaging with the head tilted to the right. The top of the head between the horns is decorated with herringbone pattern.


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