- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Miniature Ram or Goat Pendant
- Work Type
- 10th-8th century BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia
- Iron Age
- Near Eastern
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Cast, lost-wax process
- 2.4 x 2.9 x 1.3 cm (15/16 x 1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)
- Technical Details
Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Bronze:
Cu, 90.3; Sn, 8; Pb, 0.72; Zn, 0.014; Fe, 0.19; Ni, 0.18; Ag, 0.06; Sb, 0.15; As, 0.38; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, 0.015; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
Technical Observations: The patina is mainly green with some cupritic red and white accretions. The surface is somewhat distorted by corrosion and preserves traces of some kind of pseudomorph on the proper right shoulder.
This pendant is a solid lost-wax cast from a model made directly in the wax. The suspension hole was created in the wax, causing a slight hump on the back. The protruding eyes were probably made by sticking small lumps of wax onto the face of the wax model.
Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)
- Louise M. and George E. Bates, Camden, ME (by 1971-1992), gift; to the Harvard University Art Museums, 1992.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Louise M. and George E. Bates
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- This pendant is in the form of a stylized ram standing frontally. The ram has two downward-curving horns. Its head is small and bean-shaped, with raised circles for the eyes. Two raised bands encircle the long neck. The legs are simple and thin, tapering to points. There is a transverse hole through the body for suspension rather than a loop. The tail rises up, then curves downward.
- Subjects and Contexts
- Related Works
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