Amulet of a bull's head
Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.
Length 2.5 cm (1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Not On View
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.
1971: purchased by the MFA at Sotheby Parke-Bernet, February 25, 1971.
(Accession date: April 14, 1971)
Egyptian Curator's Fund from funds deposited by Donald Edgar