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Ram-Headed Lotus Column

Catalogue Description:
Ram-headed lotus column in black granite, a fragment from a large composition, probably of a priest of king holding this piece which was the sacred emblem of the great god Amen. The preserved portion contains the complete head of a ram bearing the uraeus with the long horns curved down front towards the chin. Behind and beneath the horns is the conventional wig; the head rests on a conventionalized lotus flower. On the top of the head are the remains of a ridge which connected the emblem with the hand or staff of the person depicted. The workmanship is good; traces of red paint remain in several places. Condition: Ends of horns broken off, the uraeus chipped and various minor chips on lotus column.


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