Horn of consecration

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These architectural fragments are found at the sanctuary of Aphrodite in Palaepaphos, Cyprus. In the middle of this image may be half of a "horns of consecration" display. Only one horn of a symmetrical "U-shaped" construction is preserved. These features are known (and better preserved) elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Horns are found as adornments or wall crowns in alar areas or other sacred places. Scholars believe that this kind of Late Bronze Age décor was inspired by the Minoan culture and was spread by Aegean immigrants.

Sir Arthur Evans, excavator of Knossos, coined the phrase "horns of consecration." He believed this symbol was drawn from the horns of bulls destined for sacrifice.