An Egyptian Bronze Ram, Late Period ca 664 - 332 BC

A miniature bronze votive figure in the form of a ram, spiral horns can be seen on either side of the head, large flared nostrils reside at the tip of the snout, characteristic of a ram about to engage in battle with another. 

The ram is one animal associated with some of Egypt's most important gods, and who like the bull, seems to have also been specifically worshipped as a temple animal, The ram was associated with various gods from Egypt's earliest periods even though sheep were considered not to be clean, or pure, by the ancient Egyptians.

Throughout history, rams have been important to mythological and religious concepts, associated with ancient gods from all over the world. The ram even became a symbol of Christ in ancient times. The ram, like the bull, was perhaps even more venerated by the ancient Egyptians for its fertility, as well as for its warlike attributes. As a temple animal at such locations as Mendes and Karnak, a single animal appears to have been cared for and treated very similar to the holiest of god's statues within the temple.

Dimensions: length 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters), height 1.75 inches (4.45 centimeters)

Condition: Loss of the ends of horns and tail, some mineral accumulation, otherwise intact and in good condition.

Provenance:  Philip Mitry private collection, acquired prior to 1960.


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