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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

1922: given to the MFA by the estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell. (Accession date: May 4, 1922)

Credit Line

Gift of Estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

22.552

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets