Mosaic of a Bull

Unknown5th–6th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Fragment of a mosaic depicting a standing bull, facing left on a white background. The bull is rendered with great detail and subtle variation of shades to depict musculature. The background field is decorated with five small diamonds. The mosaic is very well preserved.


  • Title: Mosaic of a Bull
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 5th–6th century
  • Location Created: Syria
  • Physical Dimensions: 124.9 × 178.9 × 7.6 cm (49 3/16 × 70 7/16 × 3 in.)
  • Type: Mosaic
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Mosaic
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 75.AH.117
  • Culture: Roman
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of William Wahler
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Architecture (Object Genre)

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