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LOT 0179

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GBP (£) 15,000 - 20,000
EUR (€) 16,570 - 22,100
USD ($) 18,450 - 24,600

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£15,000 (EUR 16,575; USD 18,452) (+bp*)

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Roman Statuette of a Zebu Bull

2nd-4th century AD

A substantial Eastern style bronze standing zebu bull with hump; head erect and alert; sinewy dewlap; much detail to the face, muzzle, head, ears, hump, neck, mane and tail; tail curling between the hind legs; prominent genitals; mounted on a custom-made stand. 2.28 kg total, 18.5cm including stand (7 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a gentleman living in central London; formerly with Pierre Bergé & Associés, Archéologie, 16 December 2015, lot 244; acquired on the UK art market in the 1990s; formerly acquired in Bavaria, Germany, earlier in the 1990s; accompanied by copies of the relevant Pierre Bergé & Associés catalogue pages.
Literature
See The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue, Gallery 169, Roman bronze statuette of a bronze bull, accession no. 11.140.9, for a comparable Roman bull of similar date.