Rams’ heads are usually found on drinking vessels (rhytons), bronze furniture, marble funerary altars and architectural decoration. They were used strictly as a decoration sometimes, though with ritual overtones. As much important animals in Roman sacrifice they were an especially convenient motif. In ancient astrology, they were important for Romans as the first sign of the zodiac (Aries) that reigned over spring months and brought fertility and crops.
Roman Applique in the Shape of a Ram
A small Ancient Roman bronze protome in shape of the head of a ram, protruding from a circular plate and featuring a hollow back. The ram was one of the favourite sacrificial animals in the Ancient Roman world. This protome likely belonged to a household object or a piece of furniture.
Condition: Very fine, some patination to the surface.