The spectacle of bullfighting has existed in one form or another since ancient days. For example, a wall painting was unearthed at Knossos in Crete, dating from about 2000 BC. It shows male and female acrobats confronting a bull, grabbing its horns as it charges and vaulting over its back. Bullfights were popular spectacles in Rome, but it was in Spain where this arts were fully developed. They wear a distinctive costume consisting of a silk jacket heavily embroidered in gold, skintight trousers, and a bicorne hat. The amount of applause the matador receives is based on his proximity to the horns of the bull, his tranquility in the face of danger and his grace in swinging the cape in front of an infuriated animal weighing more than 460 kg (1,000 lb.). The bull instinctively goes for the cloth because it is a large, moving target, not because of its color; bulls are color-blind. Most matadors come from bullfighting families and learn their art when very young. These man when they are in the ring have to show their ability to increase, but control the personal danger, maintaining the balance between suicide and survival. In other words, the real contest is not between the matador and an animal; it is the matador’s internal struggle. This piece is Not paint yet, to finish it you need to use acrylic paint, glaze or stain.
Bullfighter: 3" L x 3 1/2" w x 5 1/2"
Base: 3" diameter