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Bull's head ornament for a lyre

Period:
Early Dynastic III
Date:
ca. 2600–2350 B.C.
Geography:
Mesopotamia
Culture:
Sumerian
Medium:
Bronze, inlaid with shell and lapis lazuli
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/4 x W. 4 1/8 in. (13.3 x 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.81
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
1924, purchased by Joseph Brummer from Elias S. David; acquired by the Museum in 1947, purchased from the estate of Joseph Brummer, New York.

“Art of the Ancient Near East.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 4, 1949–September 5, 1949.

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“Summer Exhibition of Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, June 29, 1952–August 28, 1952.

“Art Treasures of the Metropolitan: A Selection from the European and Asiatic Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 7, 1952–September 7, 1953.

“Al-Hiba: Expedition into the Past.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 16, 1972–January 21, 1973.

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Graff, Sarah B. 2012. "Bull's Head Ornament for a Lyre." In Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, exh. cat. Tokyo: Yomiuri Shimbun, no. 37, pp. 93, 222.
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