Ancient Bull from Costitx

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 03 November 2017

This bronze bull was cast using the lost wax method. It is hollow inside with cold-etched details. The ears and horns were cast separately and riveted to the head. In some cases, the eyes were filled with vitreous paste. The bulls are interpreted here as images of a deity rather than as evidence of bull worship. This artifact was found at the Shrine of Predio de Son Corró (Costitx, Mallorca), Spain. It dates from the 5th-3rd century BCE and was made by members of the Post-Talayotic culture. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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