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Causey, Faya. Cat. 41, Pendant: Ram’s Head, Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum
Ed. Faya Causey. Los Angeles: Getty P, 2012. museumcatalogues.getty.edu. Web. 15 December 2018.
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Cat. 41, Pendant: Ram’s Head

Etruscan, 525-480 B.C.
Length: 24 mm; width: 40 mm; depth: 22 mm; Weight: 10.8 g
Gift of Gordon McLendon, 77.AO.81.7
Cat. 41 - Ram’s Head
Etruscan
525-480 B.C.
Length: 24 mm; width: 40 mm; depth: 22 mm
Weight: 10.8 g
77.AO.81.7
Gift of Gordon McLendon
Rams’ Heads
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Condition

The pendant shows old breaks and chips as well as modern breaks, including the tip of the ram’s nose. There is extensive surface loss and chipping, at times deep, along the throat, neck, and horns. A large fissure is near the point where the back meets the surface at the lower neck. The amber is dark red-brown when viewed in ambient light, but transparency is evident in the areas of the modern chips. In transmitted light, the amber is dark red.

Description

This pendant is very like both 76.AO.82 and 76.AO.83 (cat. nos. 39 and 40), but it is closer in details and conception to 76.AO.82. It may be by the same hand. The surviving parts of the eyes are almost identical in treatment to those of 76.AO.82. There is fine, closely spaced cross-hatch engraving on the nape of the neck and top of the head. Wavy parallel lines define the horn surfaces and contrast with this cross-hatching.

Abrasion marks remain on the back. The base is sharply recessed, which suggests that this flange is functional rather than ornamental. A metal cap or mount probably once covered the caudal end. Two 2 mm lateral bores are drilled from opposite sides of the pendant, but they do not meet. A fragment of metal remains in the right socket.

Discussion

See entry for 76.AO.82 (cat. no. 39).

Cat. 41, Pendant: Ram’s Head

ANCIENT CARVED AMBERS IN THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM
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. In Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum, last modified August 1, 2012, accessed 15 Dec. 2018. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2012. museumcatalogues.getty.edu/amber/.

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