Ram's Head Amulet
Bichrome banded jasper, 1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in. (3.9 x 2.9 cm)
Reportedly from Memphis, Egypt
Third Intermediate Period, XXV Dynasty, ca. 775-653 B.C.E. or later
Brooklyn #54.198, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photos © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(From the info card)|
"This type of amulet, a symbol of the god Amun, originated with the Kushite kings who ruled Egypt as Dynasty XXV. Their foreheads, like this ram's head, were often adorned with two cobras rather than the single cobra common on the heads of Egyptian kings. An exceptionally fine carving in hard stone, this amulet has links between the horns and head that may reflect a metal prototype."