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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

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.

Object Place for Label

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Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

1971.133

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets