Statuette

Photograph of a bronze statuette of a cow.

Statuette of a Cow

Description:
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. (at head): 17 cm; W. 15 cm; L. 53 cm
Context:
Pompeii, Italy
Date:
Roman, 100 BCE–79 CE
Inventory Number:
Bronze.1157
Lender:
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
Label:

Representing a sacrificial victim, this large statuette would have been appropriate as a votive offering. It could also reference a celebrated sculpture by the Athenian artist Myron that was dedicated on the Acropolis in the fifth century BCE and highly praised for its realism. Found in Pompeii, the statuette was acquired by a French collector, the comte de Caylus, in the eighteenth century.

Serge Oboukhoff © BnF-CNRS-Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie, René-Ginouvès