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Head of a ram

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Animal figures of blue-glazed quartz are particular to Kerma artwork. The ram's head, whose blue glaze has almost totally disappeared, still exhibits on the left side the tip of a horn winding around the ear. This type of horn was emblematic of the ram form of the god Amun, attested in Egypt...

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From Kerma, Tum. K III, Comp. 17/3. December, 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition


Photographer: Jurgen Liepe

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

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Height x width x thickness: 9.4 x 10.6 x 8.3 cm (3 11/16 x 4 3/16 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glazed quartz


The Ancient World