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Ram's head: boss of a votive shield

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The metal is very thin. The small holes in the flange around the neck indicate the relief was attached to a larger surface, probably a wooden votive or funerary shield. Two small fragments are missing from the nose. Crusty green patina.


By 1908: Alfred Greenough Collection; accessioned by MFA, December 12, 1957

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, 700–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 711; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 128 (additional published references).


Diameter: 8.5 cm ( 3 3/8)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor