Amulet of a bull's head

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


Dimensions

Length 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

1971.132

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

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.

Provenance

1971: purchased by the MFA at Sotheby Parke-Bernet, February 25, 1971.

(Accession date: April 14, 1971)

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund from funds deposited by Donald Edgar