Terracotta Anthropomorphic Vessel,T-267
Bryn Mawr College Collections
Richard C. Bull Collection


The Collection

In the Richard C. Bull Collection there are many unique and interesting pieces; this online catalogue highlights just a few of the more intriguing objects, but all the pieces of the collection are important and unique in their own right. Most of the items in the collection are typical or significant artifacts from their specific cultures. The cultures represented in this collection are the Luristan, Marlik, and Tepe Hissar regions in Iran, the Scytho-Siberian cultures of the Russian Steppes, the Hittites in Anatolia and the Canaanites in the Levant. There are also a few pieces that may be from the eastern Roman Empire. The objects of this collection date between the third millennium BCE to the eighth century CE. Although securely dated comparanda of known provenience can be found for all these pieces among excavated collections, the Bull Collection objects were purchased from antiquities dealers; therefore all proveniences and dates for the Bull Collection pieces are speculative. The artifacts highlighted here were selected to demonstrate not only the various cultural regions represented in this collection but also how excavated collections are used to understand the historical context of purchased collections, like the Bull Collection. If you have further questions or want to know more about an object in this collection, please see the bibliography at the back of this brochure. One final note: throughout the online catalogue maps of Central Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean can be viewed by clicking on their thumbnails. These maps are intended to give the viewer a general idea of the various regions from which these objects may have come. These speculations are the result of the curator’s own research into these objects for her Masters thesis.

The Royal City of Susa: Ancient Near Eastern Treasures in the Louvre . Eds. Prudence O. Harper, Joan Aruz and Françoise Tallon. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. Fig. 1.