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.
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.
Daninos, A. 1911. Collection d'Antiquités Égyptiennes de Tigrane Pacha d'Abro. 1911. Paris: Ernest LeRoux, p. 18, pl. 49, cat. 454.
Mertens, Joan, Catharine H. Roehrig, Marsha Hill, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Oscar White Muscarella 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 49, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 34.