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Bull's Head

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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, and ivory
  • Place Made: Giza, Egypt
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty to XXXI 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 not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1532E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Bull's Head, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, glass, and 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
    IMAGE overall, 37.1532E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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