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Canaanite Terracotta Protome / Attachment Sacred Bull Head

Canaanite Terracotta Protome / Attachment Sacred Bull Head

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Canaanite Terracotta Protome / Attachment of a Sacred Bull Head, ca. 1400 BCE. Found in the Holy land. Ex: Archaeological Center Ltd, Jerusalem. 2 1/2" high x 2 1/4" diameter. Fragment of a bull in relief, probably handle from a pottery jug. In very good condition. Canaan was the ancient Biblical region of the Levant. It is also a Semitic personal name or surname used by Arabic and Hebrew-speaking people. The worship of the Sacred Bull throughout the ancient world is most familiar to the Western world in the biblical episode of the idol of the Golden Calf. The Golden Calf after being made by the Hebrew people in the wilderness of Sinai, was rejected and destroyed by Moses and the Hebrew people after Moses' time upon Mount Sinai (Book of Exodus). Marduk is the "bull of Utu". Shiva's steed is Nandi, the Bull. The sacred bull survives in the constellation Taurus. The bull, whether lunar as in Mesopotamia or solar as in India, is the subject of various other cultural and religious incarnations, as well as modern mentions in new age cultures.