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Vintage LEGO Spanish Matador, Bull Fighter and his Lady, Head Busts and other Retro Kitsch

Updated on August 31, 2016

LEGO Spanish Matador, Bull Fighter & His Lady, Head bust

Vintage 8.5 inches high plaster ware by LEGO of japan.  Both have felt bottoms with the name and number stamped on.  It looks like the man is #4503 and the lady is #4123.  Great retro kitsch and they are certainly a commanding couple, with their big
Vintage 8.5 inches high plaster ware by LEGO of japan. Both have felt bottoms with the name and number stamped on. It looks like the man is #4503 and the lady is #4123. Great retro kitsch and they are certainly a commanding couple, with their big

The Bull Fight in Spain is a Contest Between Men and Bulls

These beautiful head busts captured the golden age of the Spanish bull fight. The bold and strong Spanish Matador and his beautiful lady. The Bull Fight of this era was a contest between men and bulls, conducted as a public spectacle. Once popular in Greece and Rome, this form of entertainment was probably introduced by the Moors into Spain. It soon became the favorite sport of the Spanish gentry, and several Spanish kings are reported actually to have killed bulls in the arena. The chief weapon used to kill the bull in the early days was the spear, and the fighting was done on horseback.

When the aristocracy began to neglect the sport and professional bull fighters stepped in, the method of fighting, too, changed. Around 1700 one fighter abandoned spear and horse, and faced the bull on foot, armed with a sword, the estoque, and a read flag, the muleta. Since then, bull fighting has gradually developed into the spectacle of today. A mounted fighter is known as a toreador, one on foot as a torero.

Bull Fighter and his Lady Head Bust, LEGO Spanish Matador

The Bull Fight in Spain takes place in the Plaza De Toros

The bull fight takes place in the plaza de toros, an arena of greater or less magnificence, and begins with the grand entry of all the bull fighters, led by the city officials. Usually three matadors are employed for one day, each of whom has his own cuadrilla, a team of helpers, consisting of several banderilleros, picadors, and chulos, whom he pays out of his own pocket. All of them are clad in magnificent and colorful costumes, and each attacks the bull in a different way. After a ceremony of great pomp and the arena is cleared except for the picadors and the chulos of the first team, and a bull is turned out into the open space.

Bull Fighter and Lady Head Bust Hand-Painted 8.5 inches

Vintage 8.5 inches high plaster ware by LEGO of japan.  Both have felt bottoms with the name and number stamped on.  It looks like the man is #4503 and the lady is #4123.
Vintage 8.5 inches high plaster ware by LEGO of japan. Both have felt bottoms with the name and number stamped on. It looks like the man is #4503 and the lady is #4123.

Bull Fighting in Spain is a Bloody Sport with lots of Carnage

It Bull is first assailed by the picadors, who, on horseback, are armed with the lance. they aim to hit the bull's neck, while the bull very often wounds or kills the horse and endangers the man. in this case the chulos take over, trying to draw the attention of the bull, thus securing the rescue of the man. After the picadors have shown their skill, sharp-barbed darts with fireworks and flags attached to them. They worry the bull until he is festooned with shafts, bleeding and tormented, his glossy hide scorched by the explosions of the fireworks.

The Spanish ladies of the Upper Class at a Bull Fight in the 1840s

During the Golden age of the Bull Fight around the 1840s … The  Spanish ladies of the upper class would dress up to attend the  Bull fight in hopes of winning the heart of the Matador.
During the Golden age of the Bull Fight around the 1840s … The Spanish ladies of the upper class would dress up to attend the Bull fight in hopes of winning the heart of the Matador.

Wonderful Vintage LEGO, Chalk-ware like Piece - Made in Japan

A black felt is upon the base of both busts for non-marring of surface. A great vintage busts set  to display.
A black felt is upon the base of both busts for non-marring of surface. A great vintage busts set to display.

The Matador gives the Bull the Coup De Grace, Killing the Animal

Finally the matador takes his turn with the bull. He uses the muleta continuously to trick the bull, waiting until the bull attack, then with a quick step avoids a collision. The closer he lets the bull pass his body, the more applause he will receive from the spectators. After exercising this trick several times, he gives the bull the coup de grace, killing the animal with one sure thrust of his sward through the juncture of neck and spine.

A Matador Award in the Golden Age Involved a Beautiful Lady.

When the matador was awarded back in the golden age of bull fighting it usually involved a beautiful lady. When he had won he was to do a circuit of the arena to thank the many marry and happy spectators in the crowded seats.
When the matador was awarded back in the golden age of bull fighting it usually involved a beautiful lady. When he had won he was to do a circuit of the arena to thank the many marry and happy spectators in the crowded seats.

In the Day when Women would dress to Impress the Matador

The bull fight takes place in the plaza de toros, an arena of greater or less magnificence, and begins with the grand entry of all the bull fighters, led by the city officials.
The bull fight takes place in the plaza de toros, an arena of greater or less magnificence, and begins with the grand entry of all the bull fighters, led by the city officials.

In 1959 1,300 Bulls & 6,000 Horses were killed in Spain's Bull Fights

The arena is then cleared by teams of mules, which drag out the dead bull and horses; the ground is covered with fresh sawdust, and the next bull is introduced. Usually six bulls are killed in a single day, while up to a dozen or more horses may be gored. It has been estimated that about 1,300 bulls and 6,000 horses were killed in Spain's bull fights in one year back in the late 1950s the time these head bust were made.

LEGO of Japan, Spanish Matador Head Bust, Hand-Painted

Vintage bust is of a Spanish Matador or what we call a Bull Fighter , and he is in great vibrant red, gold and black coloring with great life-like eyes.
Vintage bust is of a Spanish Matador or what we call a Bull Fighter , and he is in great vibrant red, gold and black coloring with great life-like eyes.

Spanish setters introduced Bull Fighting to the New World

Spanish setters of Mexico and Southern America introduced bull fighting to the New World, where it is still a popular sport, especially in Mexico. Bull fighting did not gain much popularity in Europe, although there are occasional a bull fights in southern France. Portugal has bull fights, but in an non-bloody form. There the horns of the bull are padded, and the fighter makes his encounter unarmed and ton horseback. By skill and stamina the toreador succeeds in exhausting the furious animal in a thrilling exhibition.

Kitchy Artwork 1960s, Black Velvet Matador fighting a Bull

Black velvet Matador fighting a Bull and the head busts approve this masterpiece from the 1960s.
Black velvet Matador fighting a Bull and the head busts approve this masterpiece from the 1960s.

1950s Spanish Bull Fights was a contest between Men & Bulls,

Bull Fight, is a contest between men and bulls, conducted as a public spectacle. Once popular in Greece and Rome, this form of entertainment was probably introduced by the Moors into Spain.
Bull Fight, is a contest between men and bulls, conducted as a public spectacle. Once popular in Greece and Rome, this form of entertainment was probably introduced by the Moors into Spain.

The Golden Age of Bull Fighting usually involved a Beautiful Lady.

When the matador was awarded back in the golden age of bull fighting it usually involved a beautiful lady. When he had won he was to do a circuit of the arena to thank the many marry and happy spectators in the crowded seats. Usually beautiful women would throw down flowers and gifts into the arena, or very expense veils and hats for him to touch or kiss and then throw back to them. The greatest honor for a winning matador after an amazing good day of winning was to be carried around the arena and out the main doors on the shoulders of others while holding a love letter, or in invitation to a beautiful woman’s home for dinner that night.

Here is Another Design of the Spanish Lady Head Bust by LEGO

Vintage LEGO Gorgeous Spanish Lady Head Bust Chalkware 9" Tall wearing a mantilla.  Beautiful painted face, there is a few light paint chips on the back only.  She measures 9" tall by 6" at the widest.
Vintage LEGO Gorgeous Spanish Lady Head Bust Chalkware 9" Tall wearing a mantilla. Beautiful painted face, there is a few light paint chips on the back only. She measures 9" tall by 6" at the widest.

The matador takes his turn with the bull, & The Bull pass his Body

Finally the matador takes his turn with the bull. He uses the muleta continuously to trick the bull, waiting until the bull attack, then with a quick step avoids a collision. The closer he lets the bull pass his body, the more applause he will get.
Finally the matador takes his turn with the bull. He uses the muleta continuously to trick the bull, waiting until the bull attack, then with a quick step avoids a collision. The closer he lets the bull pass his body, the more applause he will get.

Vintage Music & Artwork of the Spanish Matador & Bull Fight

The amazing Black Velvet Matador fighting a Bull, from the 1960s

The amazing Black Velvet Matador fighting a Bull and the head bust approve this masterpiece from the 1960s.
The amazing Black Velvet Matador fighting a Bull and the head bust approve this masterpiece from the 1960s.

Beautiful Chalk ware Spanish Lady Bust, made by Marwal Ind. Inc.

Here is a lovely Mid Century Spanish Lady made by Marwal Ind. Inc. back in 1966. She has a nice Red Lace Scarf. I very nice Chalk ware Bust.
Here is a lovely Mid Century Spanish Lady made by Marwal Ind. Inc. back in 1966. She has a nice Red Lace Scarf. I very nice Chalk ware Bust.

Madrid Spain was the Capital of the Bull Fighting World

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