11 June 2003
AN ACHAEMENID GOLD BEARDED RAM
Circa 6th Century B.C.
The hollow figure depicted recumbent, with underslung horns and a long pointed beard, its tail upturned, its fleece rendered by incision, the thick pellets along its back terminating in spirals, a larger spiral along each flank, a perforation at the center of the underside perhaps for attachment to another element
13/16 in. (2.1 cm) long
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For Achaemenid recumbent animals of similar scale in precious metals see nos. 151-158 and p. 197 in Özgen and Öztürk, et al., Heritage Recovered, The Lydian Treasure.
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