Amulet of a bull's head
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2
Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan
Length x width: 3.2 x 2.9 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition