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Collectible Silver Keyring with Ram's Head.
The significance of the ram in antiquity
The ram was sacred in various entwined ancient civilizations, from as far back as the Mesopotamian civilization (approx 3000 BC), to the Etruscan, Egyptian and Greek civilizations. Furthermore the peace-loving and quite mystical Minoans also revered it as an all important symbol of fertility.
Additionally, the ram was seen as the incarnation of the Egyptian god Jupiter-Ammon. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt he visited the shrine of Ammon (or Amun). Embracing the god, upon and after his visit, he dressed himself with the skin of a ream and the horns as a head-dress. Thereafter the horns of the ram (known as the horn of ammon) were depicted much like a crown in Alexander's portraits and depictions on Alexander's coinage (for more specimens of Alexander coinage see the Alexander and Lysimachos coins in our collection).
A museum quality reproduction in 925 Sterling Silver
|Article group||Key chains|
|Gender||For Him or Her|
|Historic Period||Era: Hellenistic|
|Material||Solid Sterling Silver|
|Length (top to bottom)||115 mm (4 and 17⁄32in)|