Amulet of a bull's head

Egyptian
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1
2960–2770 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

22.552

Medium or Technique

Amethyst

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

1922: given to the MFA by the estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell.
(Accession date: May 4, 1922)

Credit Line

Gift of Estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell