Lot 2316: Western Asiatic Hittite Bull Figurine
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2nd millennium BC. A heavy bronze statuette of a standing bull with head raised, prominent horns, pellet eyes. 731 grams, 10.5cm (4"). Ex Bonhams sale, 23 Oct 2013, lot 101; from an important private London collection; formed in the 1970s and 1980s. In the ancient Near East the bull had long been considered to be sacred and was often associated with storm gods. This may have been due to the sound of a charging bull being likened to the sound of thunder. In the Hittite pantheon Teshub is the god of weather and storms, and although he would appear to have an important position in the Hittite religion he is in fact subordinate to the Mother Goddess. Teshub is shown as a mature, bearded male in long robes, standing on the back of a bull with his arm raised as if about to throw a thunderbolt. The bull that he stands on is known as Tilla and is considered to be a deity in his own right.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.