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Ram in a Thicket, Ur. 2600-2400 BC.

Ram in a Thicket, Ur. 2600-2400 BC.

Detail of a Sumerian lyre from Ur |  British Museum.

Detail of a Sumerian lyre from Ur | British Museum.

1st Century CE . Jupiter Ammon with ram horns.

1st Century CE . Jupiter Ammon with ram horns.

Limestone Hermes, ram-bearer Cypriot Archaic 6th century BC

Limestone Hermes, ram-bearer Cypriot Archaic 6th century BC

4th Century BC Thracian Rhyton

4th Century BC Thracian Rhyton

Ram's-head amulet, Late Period, Dynasty 25, ca. 712–657 B.C. Egyptian/Nubian Gold

Ram's-head amulet, Late Period, Dynasty 25, ca. 712–657 B.C. Egyptian/Nubian Gold

Beaker with birds on the rim, Bactria Margiana, bronze age, ca late 3rd - early 2nd millennium BC, electrum

Beaker with birds on the rim, Bactria Margiana, bronze age, ca late 3rd - early 2nd millennium BC, electrum

Relief plaque of cobra on a neb basket late Ptolemaic period. 400-30 BC Egypt - limestone

Relief plaque of cobra on a neb basket late Ptolemaic period. 400-30 BC Egypt - limestone

EGYPTIAN AMETHYST CAT AMULET. Late Period to Ptolemaid Period, 664-30 BC

EGYPTIAN AMETHYST CAT AMULET. Late Period to Ptolemaid Period, 664-30 BC

Egyptian cat hunting in the marshes A tawny cat catches birds among the papyrus stems. Cats were family pets in ancient Egypt, but the cat shown here in this context could also represent the Sun-god hunting the enemies of light and order. The cat's unusual gilded eye hints at the religious meanings of this scene. The Tomb-chapel of Nebamun Thebes, Egypt. Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BC Salt Collection British Museum, Room 61:

Egyptian cat hunting in the marshes A tawny cat catches birds among the papyrus stems. Cats were family pets in ancient Egypt, but the cat shown here in this context could also represent the Sun-god hunting the enemies of light and order. The cat's unusual gilded eye hints at the religious meanings of this scene. The Tomb-chapel of Nebamun Thebes, Egypt. Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BC Salt Collection British Museum, Room 61:

Winged human-headed bull Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II (721-705 BC) Khorsabad, ancient Dur Sharrukin, Assyria, Iraq High relief and sculpture in the round; gypseous alabaster Louvre Museum

Winged human-headed bull Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sargon II (721-705 BC) Khorsabad, ancient Dur Sharrukin, Assyria, Iraq High relief and sculpture in the round; gypseous alabaster Louvre Museum

One of the Nimrud ivories, 9th-7th century BC. Discovered in Nimrud (modern Iraq) and excavated by the British in the 1940s-60s. The British Museum acquired many of the carvings in 2011, when they were exhibited for the first time to the public.

One of the Nimrud ivories, 9th-7th century BC. Discovered in Nimrud (modern Iraq) and excavated by the British in the 1940s-60s. The British Museum acquired many of the carvings in 2011, when they were exhibited for the first time to the public.

Gold Elliptical Diadem with Leaf-Shaped Pieces . Mycenaean, Grave of the Women. 16th century BC.

Gold Elliptical Diadem with Leaf-Shaped Pieces . Mycenaean, Grave of the Women. 16th century BC.

Perfume Vase Egypt, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, ca. 1350-1309 BC  Blue and black petals are arranged like a collar around the neck of this white faience vase

Perfume Vase Egypt, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, ca. 1350-1309 BC Blue and black petals are arranged like a collar around the neck of this white faience vase

Gold framed pendant found at the biblical town of Nimrud, the capital of Ashurnasirpal II, an Assyrian king of the 9th century BC.

Gold framed pendant found at the biblical town of Nimrud, the capital of Ashurnasirpal II, an Assyrian king of the 9th century BC.

Painting on limestone; tomb of King's daughter, Neferetiabet, at Giza, 2590-2565 BC, Old Kingdom. Louvre, France.

Painting on limestone; tomb of King's daughter, Neferetiabet, at Giza, 2590-2565 BC, Old Kingdom. Louvre, France.