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Bull's Head

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor

To the ancient Egyptians, the bull was a manifestation of beneficient strength and fertility. Early in Egyptian history it became associated both with a number of gods, including Ptah at Memphis and Montu In the Theban region, and with the king and the office of kingship. This bull head is possibly associated with the cult of one of these gods or has royal significance.

MEDIUM Wood, glass, ivory
  • Place Made: Giza, Egypt
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty to XXX Dynasty
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 3/4 x 15 x 14 in. (29.8 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Bull's Head, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, glass, ivory, 11 3/4 x 15 x 14 in. (29.8 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1532E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1532E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
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