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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.
Date Description Narrative
  • 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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2nd century BCE-2nd century CE
calcite-alabaster, plaster
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H: 5 3/16 x W: 4 1/4 x D: 2 1/2 in. (13.2 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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