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Ram-Headed Lotus Column

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Black granite, traces of red paint
  • Possible Place Collected: Dendera, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 945–656 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXII Dynasty (possibly), or later
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period or later
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 10 in. (26.7 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm) Weight: 26 lb. (11.79kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Ram-Headed Lotus Column, ca. 945–656 B.C.E. Black granite, traces of red paint, 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 10 in. (26.7 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt, 35.932. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 35.932_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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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    Ram-Headed Lotus Column