Amulet of a ram

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

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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 enabled the amulet to be worn on a string.

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