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Bell with heads of a ram, a jackal, and a bovine wearing a yoke ending in uraei

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Leaded bronze
Dimensions:
H. 4.4 × W. 4.3 × D. 4 cm (1 3/4 × 1 11/16 × 1 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Lily S. Place, 1923
Accession Number:
23.6.34
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Bells began to appear in Egypt about the 8th century BC. This elaborate bell is decorated with heads of animals: a bovine wearing a yoke ending in uraei, a ram, a jackal, and a snake. The clapper is missing. Similarly shaped bells with heads of mythological animals were found in the cemetery at Naukratis, where they must have had some kind of amuletic function for the deceased.
Collection of Lily S. Place, Cairo. Donated by Lily Place to the museum, 1923.

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