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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.


1971: purchased by the MFA at Sotheby Parke-Bernet, February 25, 1971. (Accession date: April 14, 1971)

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund from funds deposited by Donald Edgar

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


Length 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets