Minoan Bull-Leaper

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by Mark Cartwright
published on 22 May 2012
An ivory figurine representating a bull-leaper from a three dimensional composition (with two other figures and a bull) depicting this Minoan sporting or religious activity. Hair would have been added using bronze wire and clothes in gold leaf, 1600-1500 BCE. It is perhaps the earliest known attempt in sculpture to capture free movement in space. (Archaeological Museum Herakleion)

Sakellarakis J.A. (2005) Herakleion Museum Guide, Athens: Ekdotike Athenon

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