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Mesopotamian Stone Amulet of a Bull's Head - PF.1957
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: 0.375" (1.0cm) 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 were as varied as their forms. This superb little token represents the head of a bull, a creature symbolic of strength, power, and virility. The person who wore it long ago may have sought the blessings of such a deity, or it may have ensured a robust masculinity. Though we cannot be certain of its effectiveness, then or now, we are still charmed by its simple, abstract beauty. - (PF.1957)


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