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Amulet of a bull's head

Amulets of this type–a stylized animal head with round eyes, long, curved horns and a downward-pointing snout–are thought to represent bulls. They were worn to impart verility and fertility to the wearer. Serpentine ws a particularly common stone for these amulets.


From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 681. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets