Amulet in the Form of an Elephant’s Head
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada II to Naqada III Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; before 1934, acquired by the Scheurleer Museum, the Hague, the Netherlands; 1935, purchased from the Scheurleer Museum by the Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth; 1935, purchased from the Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth by the Brooklyn Museum.
Ivory head of a cow, probably used as an amulet as the back is bored for suspension. The eyes are very round and are inlaid with a dark material. The two horns curve around and end in delicate points on the face. The face is highly stylized. The ivory has taken as a deep brown tone.
Condition: The right horn is missing. There is a crack on the center of the face.
Amulet in the Form of an Elephant’s Head, ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E. Ivory, frit, 1 15/16 x 1 7/8 in. (4.9 x 4.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1270. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1270_front_PS6.jpg)
front, 35.1270_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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