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Amulet of a bull's head

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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.

Provenance

From Zawiyet el-Aryan. 1911: 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: October 19, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, 2750–2649 B.C.

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Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt

Dimensions

Length x width: 3.2 x 2.9 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.2641

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets