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Amulet of a ram

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This rather crudely made amulet of pale, greenish-gray faience represents the forepart of a recumbent ram. Several Egyptian gods were portrayed as rams, so it is often impossible to identify which one was intended. Among the ram gods are Khnum, Harsaphes, and Amen-Re. The hole through the body...

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Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period– Roman Imperial Period, 760 B.C.–A.D. 320

Dimensions

Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.2441

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets