The Iberian Biche of Balazote, from Balazote (Albacete, Spain). Dates to the 4th-5th centuries B.C.E.
This sculpture represents an androcephalic bull (a mythical animal with the body of a bull and a human head). It formed part of a funerary monument in which it performed the function of guardian and protector.
The head is sculptured from a different block to that used for the body. The mouth is small, the eyes large, there are the remains of horns (which have not been preserved), and below them the ears. The hair is indicated by tufts using a straight incision. In terms of iconography it is identified with the representation of Achelous, a Greek river god.
Combined with its features and general style this means it can be considered a work of Greek influence created on an underlying oriental base.These doe figures consisting of multiple incised strokes engraved on shoulder blades have only been found in a specific region along the northern coast of Spain and may be interpreted as symbols identifying a territorial group.
Adolf Wölfli, in RV 18 http://ift.tt/15V617g
Maisons et cyprès: réminiscence du nord, Vincent van Gogh, 1890.
Jonathan Curry, Blue Taurus.
2011, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 42 inches
Filipkiewicz Stefan - Winter crystal
Landscape of the Midi
Chaim Soutine - circa 1918
bursting forth on Flickr, by Laura Shefler