The ancient Egyptians had a tradition of finding a single bull in the whole country that matched their criteria for the Apis Bull. A rather similar procedure for finding the Dalai Lama as a child in Tibet. After the bull died of old age he would be embalmed as were the Pharaohs and placed in a bull size coffin in this very large catacomb.
Part of what makes the bull so majestic and appealing were its horns which the Egyptians even saw in the stars and which we still call the constellation Taurus.
Thousands of years before the ancient Egyptians were doing these strange things there was in the central part of the Anatolian peninsula a town now called Catal Huyuk which is now being excavated. There are rooms found there with cattle altars with many bull skulls bearing horns.
The people of the Mediterranean island of Crete were known as Minoans and they too were very interested in bulls as is shown by the many beautiful sculptures of them.
The Minoans Taurus bull was known as the Minotaur which was famed for its majesty and ferocity.
In what is now western China there were also some Caucasian cultures who having learned the Chinese ability to cast bronze made their own style sculptures. Those were bulls’ heads of various sorts but always emphasizing the horns. It seems the horns themselves were very special to all of these people.
Something very special has been going on with bulls’ horns for some 20,000 years.
If viewed directly from the front on the right side of the altar the arrangement of Minoan bulls’ horns would look rather like a Menorah.
This similarity of visual appearance between the ancient Catal Huyuk altarpiece and the Menorah altarpiece is just an observation and you can make of the similarity of the shapes what you will. But there is another strange relationship between the Minos-taurus easily being conjoined into Minotaur and being used by these Mediterranean traders becoming used as the altarpiece Menorah. It was known by them as the Minos-tauras a symbol of the time of enormous power and prestige. After a time the term was shortened to Menorah. These are 3,000+ year old artifacts and any discussion of them has got to be thought of as only speculative no matter how interesting they are.
Dog gone it! May the force of the bull be with you.