"Ram in a Thicket"
77. This gold and silver caprid prefigures the biblical description of Abraham's sacrificial ram. From the graves of Ur in Mesopotamia, the ram here is a metaphor for virility and renewal as embodied in the Near Eastern "dying and rising" god of vegetation, Tammuz, associated with the cycle of the seasons. Probably a stand for an offering bowl. London, British Museum.

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