Amulet of a bull's head

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


Findspot: Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

1971.133

Medium or Technique

Limestone

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

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