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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On the long, visible side of the box that faces outward toward viewers are carved garlands with bucranium and personifications: male and female heads possessing physical traits of mature age.
These are, again, garland with bucranium and the representation of an individual's head, unfortunately damaged.
In fact, the horns and the double axe (used in the sacrifice of the bull) constitute "the two most renowned and ever recurrent signs of the sacral in the Minoan-Mycenaean cult." (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).