Plaque Depicting a Ram

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

The two sets of horns on this exemplary portrayal of a ram reflect ancient Egyptian sculptors’ simultaneous close observation of nature and strict adherence to artistic tradition. The elongated corkscrew horns atop the ram’s head belong to a species that was already long extinct when this plaque was carved. Rather than abandoning the conventional representation of this animal, artists added a set of curved horns to reflect the appearance of contemporary rams. On similar plaques, like one of a quail nearby, portions of the original gridded surface remain in the top corners and along the bottom to emphasize the depth of carving. Egyptian artists utilized grids to maintain correct proportions in their work.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 152

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Plaque Depicting a Ram

Origin

Egypt

Date

332 BC–30 BC

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

17.2 × 25.8 × 2 cm (6 13/16 × 10 3/16 × 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.251

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