Bronze ring surmounted by a ram


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

The ram on the ring, decorated with circles, is remarkable for its flatness, which is mitigated only by the curved horns. The precise function of this object, probably made in northern Greece, is unclear. It may have been the handle of a small tripod, since various kinds of figures embellish tripod handles, or part of a harness.

In Geometric art, animals far outnumbered human figures with horses, birds, sheep, bulls, and other quadrupeds being particularly common. Thousands of cast bronze figurines were found in most sanctuaries of ancient Greece, where they had been offered to the gods, as individual statuettes or as decorations of bigger objects.

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