User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Head of a votive cow

Start collecting

Head fragment of sculpted cow, somewhat stylized, in light blue glazed faience. Black painted circles for hide pattern. Hole bored to indicate eye. The cow was significant in particular to the goddess Hathor, to whom sections of the Dynasty 18 temple of Hatshepsut was dedicated at Deir el-Bahari.

Provenance

From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, Temple of Mentuhotep. 1904: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession date: January 1, 1905.)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.

Findspot

Deir el-Bahari, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 2.5 x 2.5 x 1 cm (1 x 1 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

05.247

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture