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Causey, Faya. Cat. 49, 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.
Cat. 49, Pendant: Ram’s Head
Length: 27.5 mm; width: 20.5 mm; depth: 12.5 mm; Weight: 3.6 g
Gift of Gordon McLendon, 77.AO.81.19
Length: 27.5 mm; width: 20.5 mm; depth: 12.5 mm
Weight: 3.6 g
Gift of Gordon McLendon
The pendant is in a very good state of preservation except for tiny chips missing from the right lip, the back of the neck, and the tip of the left horn. Only the chip from the horn appears to be recent. A web of cracks covers the surface of the piece, several of which have yellowish residue in them. The pendant is a dull red-brown with yellowish surface alteration layers on the left cheek and especially on the underside of the pendant. The surface is opaque. With transmitted light, the amber is translucent and red. There are no visible inclusions.
In comparison to the other three rams placed in this group (cat. nos. 46, 47, and 48), the nose is broader and the tip blunter and the horns more flattened against the head. The ram’s neck is cylindrical on top and flatter on the throat. All of these distinguishing features may indicate the limitations of the original amber nodule.
See entry for 77.AO.81.16 (cat. no. 46). The 1.6 mm suspension perforation has remains of metal in the holes.
. Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum
. Los Angeles: Getty P, 2012. museumcatalogues.getty.edu.
Web. 15 Dec. 2018.
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/.