bucranium

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bucranium

A sculptural ornament representing the head or skull of an ox, often garlanded, and most frequently used on Roman Ionic friezes.
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bucranium
A sculptured ornament representing the head or skull of an ox, often garlanded; frequently used on Roman Ionic and Corinthian friezes.
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In all cases, Giles's bucrania comprises curling ribbons descending from and surrounding the horns of the skull, intersecting garlands and large wheel-like paterae (Fig.
Several lots catalogued in the 1774 sale featured the bucrania, including three porcelain services, five glass vases and a pair of opaque-white decanters, now the rarest colour bearing Giles's decoration, apart from amethyst.
Giles also applied the bucrania in gold to colourless (5) and blue glass and it was engraved onto a wide range of colourless pieces (Fig.
The pervasiveness of the "Anatolian" components in Cyprus, which involved extensive consumption of meat and display of bucrania, resulted in a major impact on the material culture, social organization, and economy of the island.
Indeed, the continuing symbolic importance of cattle in LBA Cyprus is indicated by the totemic use and public display of bucrania, usually in sanctuaries but also to mark the limits of the settlement at Morphou.