The iconic piece from Knossos.
bronze bull's head rhyton (large)
- Height including his base: 28cm
The original of this rhyton, a ritual pouring vessel, is carved steatite with inlaid shell, jasper and crystal. It is hollow, with a hole in the top, into which liquid could be poured; when the head was tipped, the liquid would pour out of the mouth. The horns on the original piece have been restored, and were probably made of gilded wood. It was found in Knossos and dates to ca 1550-1500 BC. It is now in the Heraklion Museum in Crete.
The bronze pieces are cast in Greece using the traditional lost wax method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in texture, patina, and colour. No two pieces are ever the same. If mounted on a marble base, it will be a black or very dark grey base. There may be a variation of some millimetres in the dimensions of the base from time to time.
It's All Greek is proud to have been working with the Semitekolo family foundry since 1999. It has been a privilege to handle these gorgeous pieces and to sell them to customers all over the world.