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Causey, Faya. Cat. 47, 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. 47, Pendant: Ram’s Head

Italic, 500-400 B.C.
Length: 30.5 mm; width: 18.5 mm; depth: 13 mm; Weight: 3.9 g
Gift of Gordon McLendon, 77.AO.81.17
Cat. 47 - Ram’s Head
Italic
500-400 B.C.
Length: 30.5 mm; width: 18.5 mm; depth: 13 mm
Weight: 3.9 g
77.AO.81.17
Gift of Gordon McLendon
Rams’ Heads
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Condition

The pendant is intact, with only small chips missing from the tip of the left ear and the tips of both horns. The amber is laced with cracks. The piece has been treated with amber oil. The pendant surface is a dull, blackish red. In transmitted light, subsurface cracking is visible and the pendant is deep red.

Description

This pendant is nearly identical to the previous example (77.AO.81.16), with similar line engraving. However, the underside of the head is subtly marked by a slight depression along the line of the throat.

The 1 mm perforation for suspension passes through the neck portion of the pendant; fragments of metal possibly remain in the holes.

Discussion

The differences between this pendant and 77.AO.81.16 (cat. no. 46) are slight: this pendant weighs slightly more and is minutely shorter in length and wider. This pendant reveals the removal of a fault in the amber in the underside of the head. It also retains fragments of metal in the perforation.

Cat. 47, Pendant: Ram’s Head

ANCIENT CARVED AMBERS IN THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM
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MLA

. Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles: Getty P, 2012. museumcatalogues.getty.edu. Web. 15 Dec. 2018.

Chicago

. 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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