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Mesopotamian Stone Amulet of a Bull's Head - PF.1937
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: 0.5" (1.3cm) high x 0.625" (1.6cm) wide x 0.75" (1.9cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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For thousands of years, since before recorded history, man has worn amulets and talismans for luck and protection. The stones, feathers, teeth and claws that adorned early cultures eventually gave way to an array of amulets whose powers where as varied as their forms. This splendid little token represents the head of a bull, a creature symbolic of strength, power, and virility, the favorite animal of many male gods. The reddish hue of the stone suggests it may have supplied its wearer with courage and protection in battle. Carved with abstract simplicity, it makes a timeless appeal to the senses. - (PF.1937)


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