Ram's head: boss of a votive shield

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).

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.5 cm ( 3 3/8)

Accession Number

08.534

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Armor

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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection