EARLY DYNASTIC CUP IN THE SHAPE OF A BULL’S HEAD, 2900 – 2500 B.C.

$5,500.00

Culture: Near Eastern
Date: 2900 – 2500 B.C. (Early Dynastic)
Medium: Stone
Condition: Intact.
Provenance: Ex- Formerly in a European private collection formed in the 1960’s.
Dimensions: H. 4.4 in. (11.2 cm.)
Ref No. NES73

Description

In the majority of ancient cultures, the bull acts as the primary symbol of fertility. An object that depicted a bull was believed to work as fertility blessing for the one in possession of it. The expressive cup with the head of a bull would have believed to bless the one drinking from it with reproductive abilities, either augmenting one’s pre-existing abilities or making the barren fruitful

The base of this cup is in the form of a bull’s head that flares out to a slightly wider rim. The piece is completely intact, with a nice design of alternating linear indentations decorating the entire circumference. The bull’s head is complete with ridged nostrils, pointed ears, and upward pointing horns.