Ram head for attachment

Period: Third Intermediate Period

Dynasty: Dynasty 21–25

Date: ca. 1070–664 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Leaded bronze, precious metal leaf, copper alloy inlay in eye rims

Dimensions: h.15.8 cm (6 7/32 in); w. 10.2 cm (4 in); d. 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1945

Accession Number: 45.2.9


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.