Amulet of a bull's head

Egyptian
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2
2750–2649 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan

Dimensions

Length x width: 3.2 x 2.9 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.2641

Medium or Technique

Ivory

On View

Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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

From Zawyet el-Aryan. 1911: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: October 19, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition