Bovine figurine - 910x269.626_1


Bovine figurine

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Probably from Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
3.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 910X269.626
Not on view
DescriptionSmall figurines of cows in bright blue faience were among the commonest offerings made in the Hathor shrine at Deir el Bahari.  They were appropriate offerings to the goddess Hathor who is frequently depicted as a cow.  This artifact is lacking its head. We would expect that a sun disc would have been placed between the cow's horns in the missing part. Since none of these figurines have survived intact, we suspect that they were broken in the course of a ritual at the shrine. 
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