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Iberian Bronze Sculpture of a Donkey or Mule - FZ.007
Origin: Spain
Circa: 600 BC to 400 BC
Dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high x 1" (2.5cm) wide x 3.5" (8.9cm) depth
Collection: Classical
Style: Iberian
Medium: Bronze

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In "The Golden Ass" of the Roman author Apuleius, we learn of the prominent place of donkeys and mules in the cults of fertility deities like Isis. This exquisitely modeled votive was almost certainly an offering made to the gods in return for their fecund blessings. Bold and robust, it is clearly no patient beast of burden, but a donkey of almost human personality, one with a mind of his own. - (FZ.007)

 

 

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