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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A single cattle horn was set into the wall of a central room, where the remains of a dismantled bucranium were also found, while plant concentrations including lentils, acorns and wild mustard seeds were primarily found in side rooms (Fairbairn et al.
The bucranium clasp may have been offered in order to replace symbolically a real hunting trophy, and if the two smallest cores are indeed from large domestic rather than wild cattle, again they may also have served as substitutes.
What we should like to demonstrate, however, is that around 4500 BC, there was a sudden transformation marked by the abandonment of the male principles in the motifs engraved on the funerary stelae erected in the earthen mounds with closed graves of Brittany (phallus, snake, bucranium, bow, axe, crook-boomerang).