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‘A Greek hero leading a bull to sacrifice’ (1861) by Alfred Gatley, Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Who is in charge in this sculpture? Is the hero actually leading the bull to its ceremonial death, or is the beast in charge, perhaps sensing what is it come from the axe that sits under his nose.

It perhaps depends on what the statue is called. Some say it has the title above, while others suggest it’s called ‘A boy leading a bull to sacrifice’. Boy or hero, he's certainly got a lean physique, but I’m not sure he’s truly heroic in stature, so I’d probably say he was more of a boy. And that would suggest the bull is in charge, rather than this young lad.

You can see the sculpture for yourself in Salford Museum and Art Gallery.