Cypriot Terracotta Bull's Head Mask
An ancient Cypriot terracotta mask in the form of a bull's head. The bull has molded features and details added in reddish-brown paint.
Bulls' heads played an important role in the religion of ancient Cyprus. Cypriot priests wore bull's head masks in ritual ceremonies, and clay sanctuary models show the heads of bulls mounted on wooden poles to form the center of worship. Small terracotta masks like this one were dedicated in sanctuaries as offerings to the gods.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art inv. no. 74.51.1807
Formerly in a New York private collection.