The Treasury - Fine Greek Art


9663. A GREEK MARBLE FRIEZE WITH GARLANDED BULLS, late 4th - early 3rd century BC. The frieze with three deeply carved bull heads with connecting garlands draped across them, a rosette and shield medallion above the hanging loops of the garlands. 14 x 44 x 5 inches. In three closely fitting sections which stand on their own together very nicely. A beautifully symmetrical and very decorative and impressive frieze carved of the finest pure white very fine grained marble with a rich honey patina. A very rare large original Classical Greek sculpture. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Acquired in the late 1990's on the European market from the collection of a European gentleman.

In ancient Greece bulls were a symbol of fertility and agricultural prosperity. They were led garlanded in seasonal festivals to ensure and celebrate good harvests and civic prosperity. The garlanded bull motif is found fairly frequently in classical Greek art, though usually on a much smaller scale in coins and small ceramics.