Bucranium


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Bu`cra´ni`um


n.1.A sculptured ornament, representing an ox skull adorned with wreaths, etc.
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Considering the probable location of the house entrance (Figure 3), it appears that storage of consumables was relatively inaccessible and invisible, whereas the horned bench and bucranium were positioned to be seen immediately by those entering the room.
There is a small (22 x 11 x 2mm) copper alloy clasp with two symmetrical hooks, the design of which seems likely to have been inspired by a cattle bucranium (the upper part of the skull including the horns), kept today in the Bibliotheque National in Paris (Figure 8).
1) Such horns likely replaced the use of a real bucranium in practices that extend as far back as the Jemdet Nasr Period in Anatolia and North Syria (recall descriptions of the "horns of consecration" at sites such as Chagar Bazar and Tell Brak on the Upper Khabur plain).