Myron's Bronze Cow
According to Pliny, another famous work in antiquity was Myron's cow - which was so life-like it was mistaken for real. The cow however seemed to have earned his fame for acting as a peg on which epigrams were hung. No information or copies remain, so we have no idea as to the animal's pose, but we do know that it stood in the marketplace in Athens. He also mentions a dog that was cast in bronze. Unlike other artists at the time, Myron does not appear to have established an art school, his only known pupil being his son Lykios .
During the Geometric and Archaic phases, the production of large metal vessels was an important expression of Greek creativity, and an important stage in the development of bronzeworking techniques, such as casting and repousse hammering. Early sanctuaries, especially Olympia , yielded many hundreds of tripod-bowl or sacrificial tripod vessels, mostly in bronze , deposited as votives . These had a shallow bowl with two handles raised high on three legs; in later versions the stand and bowl were different pieces. During the Orientalising period, such tripods were frequently decorated with figural protomes , in the shape of griffins , sphinxes and other fantastic creatures.