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Europe, Sardinia, late Bronze Age to early Iron Age, Nuraghian period, ca. 9th to 6th century BCE. A petite yet sturdy statuette of a standing ram with characteristically simple features. The animal stands upon four bent legs beneath a slender torso, with its sinuous tail curving through the hind legs. The bulbous head displays a pair of large ears behind two enormous horns which curve in front of its face. The horns also frame the handsome visage, with its wide-set circular eyes, large snout, and thin mouth set below flared nostrils. Covered in a dark-brown patina, this is a fantastic example of Sardinian-era bronze work! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 2.5" L x 1.375" H (6.4 cm x 3.5 cm); 2.125" H (5.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Nuragic bronze statuettes are typical of Sardinian bronze-working from around the late bronze age to early iron age. Hundreds of bronze statuettes have been found across Sardinia during dozens of archaeological excavations, primarily in wells, holy sites, and villages. However, excavations in Central Italy have uncovered Sardinian bronzes that were placed within the burial sites of Etruscan tombs from around the 9th to 8th century BCE. Nuragic bronzes were created as representations of everyday things which were part of daily living, such as soldiers, deities, warriors and farmers, as well as animals like this example.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks to ears, horns, and legs, and fading to some facial features, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas and lustrous dark-brown patina throughout.

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Rare Sardinian Nuraghian Bronze Ram Figure

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000May 10, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA