Inscribed Votive Bull, view facing head

Inscribed Votive Bull, detail of inscription on right side of back

Inscribed Votive Bull, detail of inscription on left side of back

Inscribed Votive Bull, right side from back

Inscribed Votive Bull, three-quarter view of right side

Inscribed Votive Bull, left profile

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Title: Votive Bull from the Kabeirion
Context: Probably from Kabeirion, near Thebes
Findspot: Said to be from Kabeirion, near Thebes
Summary: Inscribed statuette of a bull
Object Function: Votive
Material: Bronze
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Single sculpture
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: Solid cast
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 460 BC - ca. 450 BC

H 0.053 m; L 0.08 m

Scale: Miniature
Region: Boeotia
Period: Early Classical

Subject Description:

The bull is rendered with naturalistic proportions, except perhaps the arched tail, which is almost long enough to touch the ground behind the bull. Details on eyes, wrinkles in skin, and hair on tail are rendered with lightly incised lines. Ears, horns, and genitals are articulated as separate parts.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description:

Complete except for tail and tips of horns. Surface worn, especially horns, and corroded, with greenish-brown patina.


Along the back of the bull, on either side of the spine. On the proper right: *H*I*R*O*S*T*O*P*A*D*A*O*I*S. On the left side: *O*N*I*P*P*O.

Collection History: Acquired by the MFA in 1967.

Sources Used:

Comstock & Vermeule 1971, no. 58

Other Bibliography:

Schmaltz 1980, 90, no. 357