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Egyptian Gold Head of a Ram - LO.1396
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC

Collection: Egyptian Art
Style: Ram
Medium: Gold
Condition: Extra Fine


Location: Great Britain
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Khnum (Khnemu) "To Create." Egyptian ram god. Khnum was credited with creating life on a potter's wheel at the behest of the other gods. He was also said to control the annual inundation of the Nile, although the god Hapi physically generates the inundation. The goddesses Satis and Anuket assisted him in their supervisory role. His major cult center was on the Elephantine Island near the first cataract of the Nile (Near modern Aswan) where mummified rams sacred to Khnum have been found. He also had an important cult center at Esna, to the north of the first cataract. He was usually depicted inhuman form with a ram's head - the horns extending horizontally on either side of the head - often before a potter's wheel on which a naked human was being fashioned. - (LO.1396)

 

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