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Bull Headed Lyre from Ur

Bull headed lyre from Ur, Sumer
This lyre is expertly crafted from gilded wood, with lapis lazuli, shell, and bitumen inlay. Bulls have been a symbol of power throughout Western history. The register below the bull's head depicts four scenes. The first is the Master of Beasts motif, where a male figure holds two human-faced bulls in his arms. The Master of Beasts is an incredibly important role in Western history and mythology, as having control over beasts was considered a monumental display of power. It was man's mastery over beasts during the Neolithic period that enabled us to farm, build settlements, and citystates.
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