Ram in the Thicket


Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Ur

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Title Ram in the Thicket
Object Number 30-12-702
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Ur
Archaeology Area PG 1237
Locus PG 1237
Date Made 2450 BCE
Section Near Eastern
Materials Gold | Silver | Lapis Lazuli
Iconography Ram | Goat | Tree

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.

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

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