Gold; 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (4.2 x 3.6 cm)
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989 (1989.281.98)
This amulet was probably made for a necklace worn by one of the Kushite kings. Representations show these pharaohs wearing a ram's-head amulet tied around the neck on a thick cord, the ends of which fall forward over the shoulders. Sometimes a smaller ram's head is attached to each end. Rams were associated with the god Amun, particularly in Nubia, where he was especially revered. Both the Nubians and the Egyptians were superb goldsmiths, as demonstrated by the workmanship of this amulet.