This necklace was discovered in a grave. Ancient Egyptians apparently wore jewelry not only as adornments but also as protective symbols. Beads of different materials may have been chosen for the symbolic qualities of their colors. The amulet represents the head of a powerful bull—or possibly a nurturing cow—and was probably thought to transfer that animal's characteristics to its wearer.
- Medium: Steatite, carnelian, diorite, porphyry, banded alabaster
- Geographical Location: Adaima, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period-middle Naqada II Period
- Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (6.4 x 5.7 cm)
- Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, EXHIBITION-3, ECAMEA-3G44
- Accession Number: 09.889.301a
- Image: CUR.09.889.301a_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 0, 12/11/2007