stones here from the 16th century

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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Bulls and cows have appeared in art and mythology around the world since prehistoric times. Here are just a few of our favourites from the collections, made thousands of years apart. Which is your favourite?

The colourful painting at the top is a copy by Egyptologist and artist Nina de Garis Davies (1865–1941) of a tomb wall painting in Thebes.

Next is a study by English Romanticist landscape painter JMW Turner (1775–1851) and a painting by Dutch landscape artist Aelbert Cuyp (1620–1691).

Then we have the fabulous 16th century sculpture of Nandi, the bull of Shiva from our India Gallery. Carved in basalt it stands at over 50cm tall.

Below that is a dish from 16th century Spain, and a gold figure of a bull from Gandhara, the ancient name of a region in what is now now northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, made in the 1st century BC.