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Ram's Head Amulet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This type of amulet, a symbol of the god Amun, originated with the Kushite kings who ruled Egypt as Dynasty XXV. Their foreheads, like this ram's head, were often adorned with two cobras rather than the single cobra common on the heads of Egyptian kings. An exceptionally fine carving in hard stone, this amulet has links between the horns and head that may reflect a metal prototype.

CULTURES Egyptian; Nubian
DATES ca. 775-653 B.C.E. or later
DYNASTY Dynasty 25
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in. (3.9 x 2.9 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Egyptian. Ram's Head Amulet, ca. 775-653 B.C.E. or later. Jasper, 1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in. (3.9 x 2.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.198. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.54.198_wwg8.jpg)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.54.198_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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