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The pig ear theory on Edinburgh Bucephalus statue

The bronze of Alexander taming warhorse Bucephalus, allegedly given a pigs ear by sculptor Sir John Steell. Picture: Hemedia

The bronze of Alexander taming warhorse Bucephalus, allegedly given a pigs ear by sculptor Sir John Steell. Picture: Hemedia

  • by STEPHEN MCGINTY
 

HE WAS the war horse afraid of his own shadow who carried ­Alexander the Great to the edge of the world – but when the sculptor Sir John Steell was ­commissioned to create a bronze statue of Bucephalus he made a pig’s ear of it.

 

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