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Bull's Head Protoma
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Bull's Head Protoma


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Description The flat layer of plaster on the back of this object suggests that it was originally attached to a stela. Bulls were associated with renewal throughout much of South Arabia, and the motif appears frequently on stelae found in cemeteries. The circles of hair around the horns and the triangular patch of hair on the forehead are characteristic attributes of South Arabian bull figures.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/30/2008Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Sotheby's, London, between 1963 and 1971; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore between 1963 and 1971, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2007

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Period
2nd century BC-AD 2nd century
Medium
calcite-alabaster, plaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.40
Measurements
H: 5 3/16 x W: 4 1/4 x D: 2 1/2 in. (13.2 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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