RAM HEAD APPLIQUE 2
Measurements: height (with a stand) – 5.5 cm, width (with a stand) – 5 cm
Description: A Roman bronze protome in shape of the ram’s head mounted on a custom made stand. Cylindrical base, protruding head with distinguished spiral horns and ears, incised skin, eyes and mouth. Ram was one of the favourite sacrificial animals in the Roman world. This protome likely belonged to a piece of furniture or a household object, possibly, a patera. Ram’s heads are usually found on drinking vessels (rhytons), bronze furniture, marble funerary altars and architectural decoration. They were used strictly decoratively sometimes, though with ritual overtones. As animals important 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.
Reference: The Harvard Art Museums
Period: 1st – 2nd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine.