Mesopotamian Shell Bull Amulet
An ancient Mesopotamian shell amulet of a recumbent bull with curled horns and incised concentric circle patterns, two of which represent eyes.
Jemdet Nasr Period, 3500-2900 BC.
The site of Jemdet Nasr in northern central Mesopotamia was an important administrative and cultural center at the turn of the 3rd millennium BC. The Jemdet Nasr Period is associated with the Urban Revolution, the building of cities, the advent of copper and bronze metallurgy, and the transition between prehistory and history.
Formerly in the M. S. collection, New York; previously with Harlan J. Berk, Chicago.