Painted cow skull (bucranium)

Nubian (Pan-Grave)
Pan-Grave Period
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Height x width: 16 x 116 cm (6 5/16 x 45 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bone and pigment

Not On View


The Ancient World


Organic remains

This portion of the crown and the two horns of a cow skull is decorated with red pigment and some traces of black. Red covers much of the horns, plus a line across apex of the remaining crown, while dots cover surrounding area.


Said to be from Khozam. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1956, 03.1957, 03.1960, RES.03.8-RES.03.10) for £3.
(Accession Date: September 22, 1993)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund