Amulet of a Ram

A work made of glass.
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  • A work made of glass.

Date:

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period (664–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Small-scale Egyptian figurines, known as amulets, were thought to promote health and good luck. Amulets were such an important part ofEgyptian religious beliefs that they were worn by both the living and the dead. They could be mounted on rings or strung as bracelets or necklaces and were placed among the mummy wrappings to secure the deceased’s rebirth and well-being in the afterlife. There are many varieties of amulets, including figures of deities, parts of the human (ordivine) body, animals, plants, and objects of daily life. The ram is a symbol of virility and power. The amulet was also a pun: the words “ram” and “soul” were the same in ancient Egyptian, and so by extension, the amulet gave power to the soul of the deceased.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Amulet of a Ram

Origin

Egypt

Date

700 BC–1 BC

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

2.5 × 2 × 0.5 cm (1 × 3/4 × 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

Reference Number

1910.161

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