Amulet of a bull's head
Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.
Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)
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