A rare Mesopotamian terracotta fragment moulded in the shape of a stylised ram’s head. Ridged horns spring from the centre of the animal’s forehead and coil behind its small protruding ears. Three circular knobs also feature on the forehead, arranged in a triangular shape. The small eyes are rendered with two incised holes placed at the sides of the chipped muzzle. The ram’s long neck curves downwards, displaying defined anatomical features and a ridged mane at the top.
The piece comes with a custom wood stand and an old scholarly note, handwritten and signed by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology, University of Birmingham, 1970-1993.
Date: Circa 3000-2600 BC.