Ancient bronze figurine of bull uncovered in southern Greece

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) — Heavy rainfall in southern Greece has led to the discovery of a bronze bull figurine believed to have been a votive offering made to Zeus in Ancient Olympia as early as 3,000 years ago.

Greece’s Culture Ministry said that the small, intact figurine was found after an archaeologist spotted one horn poking out of the ground following recent rainfall in the area.

The excellently preserved figurine was transported to a lab and initial examination indicates it dates from the Geometric period of ancient Greek art, roughly 1050BC to 700BC. It is believed to have been a votive offering to Zeus made as part of a sacrifice, as the sediment cleaned from the statuette bore distinct burn marks, the Culture Ministry said.

Thousands of votive offerings are believed to have been made and have been found in a thick layer of ash. These offerings are exhibited at the archaeological museum in Olympia.

An ancient bronze bull figurine that was found in ancient Olympia. PHOTO: AP