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Painted cow skull (bucranium)

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Skull of a cow, painted with a red and black geometrical design. Characteristic of the Nubian Pan Grave group.


Said to be from Khozam. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1956, 03.1957, 03.1960, RES.03.8-RES.03.10) for £3. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: March 23, 1992)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Nubian (Pan-Grave), Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 14–17, 1700–1550 B.C.


Height x width: 36 x 56 cm (14 3/16 x 22 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Organic remains