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Indus Valley, Terracotta Zebu Bull, c. 12th - 9th B.C.
Similar terracotta bulls were found in the more ancient levels of excavations at Mundigak near Kandahar. They were symbols of force and the fecundity of the herd. Zebu are thought to be derived from wild Asian aurochs, which disappeared during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization due to domestication and loss of habitat. The species was introduced into Egypt around 2000 B.C. and to Brazil early in the 20th century.
Zebu Bull; cf. Casal
, p. 32; 9.5 cm (3 3/4") long, missing tip of right horn, charming, c. 12th - 9th B.C.; baked terracotta
with applied polychrome, horns and humped back, dark painted features and details; from a Florida dealer; SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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