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Object TitleRam in the Thicket
Object Number:30-12-702
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Ur
Archaeology Area: PG 1237
Locus: PG 1237
Date Made: 2450 BCE
Early Date: -2450
Late Date: -2450
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Gold
Silver
Lapis Lazuli
Iconography:Ram
Goat
Tree
Height: 42.5 cm
Length: 18 cm
Width: 27 cm
Credit Line:British Museum/University Museum Expedition to Ur, Iraq, 1930
Other Number:U.12357 - Field No SF
B18422 - Old Museum Number

Description

CBS Register: U.12357. Goat of gold, silver, lapis, shell, in the round, standing in a gold bush, on mosaic pavement.

Small figural furnishing found with a near duplicate in grave 1237 in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. Though colloquially known as the 'Ram in the Thicket' it more accurately depicts a goat standing on its back legs to feed on leaves in a tree. The goat is formed of shell, lapis, and gold originaly formed over a wood and bitumen core. It was crushed flat by the weight of some nine meters of soil above it and had to be painstakingly restored.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

In A Rush? Take a Quick Tour of The Museum ( Sep 1996 - Jun 1997) View Objects in Exhibition
Ancient Mesopotamia: The Royal Tombs of Ur (1983 - 1998) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Legrain, Leon. 1950. The Babylonian Collection of the University Museum, University Museum Bulletin Vol.: 10:3-4.. The University Museum. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Horne, Lee C., and Zettler, Richard L. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pages 60-63/Figure 8View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 148View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Aruz, Joan. 2003. Art of the First Cities: The Third Millenium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus.. New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 121View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects.. London. Dorling Kindersley Limited. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 22-3View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Pittman, Holly, and Zettler, Richard L., and Jones, Philip, and Miller, Naomi. 2020. "A Sacred Landscape of Sumer: Statuettes from Ur Depicting a Goat on a Tree". Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions. Brill. Vol. 20. no. 1. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 29/3.1View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 1-167 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 18View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Winegrad, Dilys P. 1993. Through Time, Across Continents.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 12, fig. 16View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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