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A little bull is okay with me - a bronze circa 2nd century AD bull statuette from Harlan J Berk


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Here's another recent antiquity pick up, this time from the current Harlan J Berk buy/bid sale.  This is a small bronze bull that has some wonderful modeling and simplicity in detail, with an undulating muscular rearing body, just the pose one would expect from any bull worth his salt, unless he happens to be Ferdinand.  The patina is quite nice as well, smooth with a light green/brown combination.

Roman bronze bull, circa  2nd century AD.  From the Harlan J Berk Buy/Bid Sale 221, lot 689.

 L. 2 1/2" H. 1 1/8" (6.4 cm x 2.9 cm), 140.06 grams.

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Thanks. 

Yes, the pose is similar, but the Wall Street version has a somewhat lowered head and his body is at more of a sharp angle. Also, the facial features are more aggressive in my view.

The bronze statuette has more of an ambivalent expression, as if he is pondering just going back to sniffing flowers. 

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