Images of gods were carried out of temples on festival days on processional bark-shrines. Most often the image itself was concealed in a shrine, but sculpted heads at the prow and stern identified the god to the populace, royal statuary surrounded and protected the god hidden in the shrine, and other protective gods rode at the prow. This large ram's head would have appeared on Amun's processional barque.
Formerly Posno Collection, France, before 1874 (in the 1883 catalog reprint); Hoffmann Collection, Paris, before 1894; in the Hoffmann Sale, Paris, 1899; acquired by the Museum from Kelekian, New York and Paris, 1945
Hill, Marsha 2007. "Lives of the Statuary." In Gifts for the Gods: Images from Egyptian Temples, edited by Marsha Hill and Deborah Schorsch. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 155, 157, fig. 63, no. 64.