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Ram's-head Amulet

Period:
Kushite Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 25
Date:
ca. 712–664 B.C.
Geography:
Possibly from Nubia; From Egypt and Sudan
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
h. 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in); w. 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in); d. 2.0 cm (3/4 in); weight 65 grams
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.98
  • Description

    This amulet was probably made for a necklace worn by one of the Kushite kings. Representations show these pharaohs wearing a ram's-head amulet tied around the neck on a thick cord, the ends of which fall forward over the shoulders. Sometimes a smaller ram's head is attached to each end. Rams were associated with the god Amun, particularly in Nubia, where he was especially revered.

  • Provenance

    Collection of Norbert Schimmel, by 1978; previously Tigrane Pacha Collection (d. 1904). Donated to the Museum by the Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989. Published in the MMA Bulletin, Spring 1992 and frequently.

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