Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Figurine of a cow
Archaic Period, 6th century BCE
H: 5; L: 14.9 cm
Gift of Claire Huchet-Bishop, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of Dr. Arthur Briskier
Accession number: 79.23.72
Cows, raised as livestock for meat, dairy products, and leather, were the oldest form of wealth and a symbol of abundance. They were sacred to Hera, the goddess of marriage, who was also known as Bopis, meaning “cow-eyed.” Figurines of cows were commonly dedicated at her temples.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir