ROMAN APPLIQUE IN THE SHAPE OF A RAM
Measurements: height (with a stand) – 9.6 cm, width – 4.7 cm
Description: A small Roman bronze protome in shape of the head of a ram, protruding from a circular plate, hollow back. Ram was one of the favourite sacrificial animals in the Roman world. This protome likely belonged to a household object or a piece of furniture. 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.
Period: 1st – 2nd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, some patination to the surface.