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Amulet of a bull's head

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 681

Dimensions

Length: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3530

Medium or Technique

Serpentine

Not On View

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. Serpentine ws a particularly common stone for these amulets.

Provenance

From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 681. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition