Temple Graffiti: Animals and Plants

Graffito T12. Animal – Bull Heads with Hooves

Graffito T12

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Two small, horned cattle heads with narrow, elongated noses and human eyes. The heads are surrounded by four tiny, hoofed feet. A small square shape to the right may represent an altar or an offering table, albeit without a spout. It may also represent an enclosure.

The supernatural character of these beings comes from their combination of human and animal characteristics and from the frontal representation of their faces. Slightly demonic frontal faces also appear in Meroitic painted pottery.

  • Kurru ID number: 057
  • Location: Column A04-3:1, northeast face
  • Dimensions (H × W): 13.5 × 23.5 cm