Head of a cow

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic dynasty)–Roman Imp
332 B.C.–A.D. 364


Height x width: 14.7 x 10.4 cm (5 13/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (terracotta)

Not On View


The Ancient World



This terracotta head of a cow was mold-made. The cow’s head is topped by sun disk between horns, likely to represent the goddess Hathor in bovine form. It is hollow with the original open bottom. The proper right side of the neck is missing. There are breaks in proper left ear and side of sun disk. Traces of color or surface treatments are not evident. It is heavily worn.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way