Shadows On Stone
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sculpture and Bukranium
Marble skull and swag from
is a carved or modeled representation of a bull's skull
The Classical Language of Architecture
bukrania are often found in the metopes for the Doric frieze.
The bulls have left the Doric buldings, They've been modernized and are now used as ornament on much simpler architecture. But they are still there. That shield shape is not heraldic, it's the last remnant of pagan architecture.
Look around and you'll start seeing them.
Update: Here's another one.
Brilliant deduction Watson! I did not know this. I love the first photo.
October 11, 2011 at 6:57 PM
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