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Grey limestone statuette of a couchant bull; holes for attachment of different parts of the body, probably in stones of different colours; figure fixed to a horizontal tenon, which passed through the body through a hole in the tail, and was secured by a vertical pin inserted from the top of the back; polished surfaces; ears, horns, legs and tail missing.
- Production date
Height: 13 centimetres
Length: 23 centimetres
Width: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Sidney Smith speculated that this, and another example in the Louvre, were drilled so that the priest could imitate the sound of a god by speaking through the body of the figure ("Tricks of Babylonian priestcraft: bulls with internal borings", The Illustrated London News 13/11/26, p. 945). In the same article he states that Major Mocatta told him that the bull "was found at Sinkarah, the site of the ancient city of Larsa", rather than "probably Warka" as labelled in G56 and annotated to register.
This object was sent to the BM's Cast workshop for moulding between 10-17 September 1954 (WAA Transfers Book). The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "Monuments of Early Kings".
- On display (G56/dc2)
- Exhibition history
2013 - 2014 3 Nov - 21 Apr, Herne, LWL Museum fur Archaologie, 'Uruk: 5000 Years of the Megacity'
2013 25 Apr - 8 Sep, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum, 'Uruk: 5000 Years of the Megacity'
1977 London, BM, Animals in Art
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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