Egyptian / Ram's-Head Amulet / ca. 770-657 B.C.E.Egyptian
Ram's-Head Amulet
ca. 770-657 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Ram's-Head Amulet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -77
Creation End Date: -65
Creation Date: ca. 770-657 B.C.E.
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (4.2 x 3.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1989.281.98
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989

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. The Nubians were superb goldsmiths, as demonstrated by the workmanship of this amulet.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1989.281.98
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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