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Ram
Place of Origin: Indonesia, East Java
Date: approx. 1300-1400
Materials: Bronze
Style or Ware: Majapahit
Dimensions: H. 6 1/2 in x W. 6 1/2 in x D. 4 3/4 in, H. 16.5 cm x W. 16.5 cm x D. 12.1 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Johnson S. Bogart
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: F2003.34.13
On Display: No

Description

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Several bronze images of rams standing atop wheeled platforms have been found in East Java. Other small bronze animals (goats, horses, elephants) mounted in a similar fashion were also made during the Majapahit dynasty (1292–mid-1500s). These have long been described as children's pull-toys; it seems unlikely, though, that such a valuable material would be used to make toys. Another theory is that they served some sort of religious purpose, perhaps as miniature chariots for the gods during ritual celebrations. The ram is sometimes associated with Agni, the god of fire.

The ram depicted here appears to have been sheared in such a manner that the hind quarters were left with longer fur, as is indicated by the raised surface and wavy lines of those areas. Three of the lower forelegs of the ram as well as the platform appear to be of a later date than the rest of the work.


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Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
Label:

Several bronze images of rams standing atop wheeled platforms have been found in East Java. Other small bronze animals (goats, horses, elephants) mounted in a similar fashion were also made during the Majapahit dynasty (1292–mid-1500s). These have long been described as children's pull-toys; it seems unlikely, though, that such a valuable material would be used to make toys. Another theory is that they served some sort of religious purpose, perhaps as miniature chariots for the gods during ritual celebrations. The ram is sometimes associated with Agni, the god of fire.

The ram depicted here appears to have been sheared in such a manner that the hind quarters were left with longer fur, as is indicated by the raised surface and wavy lines of those areas. Three of the lower forelegs of the ram as well as the platform appear to be of a later date than the rest of the work.


Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007