string(20) "edanmdm:fsg_F1998.81" Ram - National Museum of Asian Art
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 5000-1700 BCE
  • Geography

    China
  • Material

    Serpentine
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.3 x 5 x 11.4 cm (2 7/8 x 1 15/16 x 4 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1998.81
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1998.81

Object Details

  • Description

    This small figure of a ram is sculpted naturalistically with charming directness. It stands on short, stumpy legs, its heavy rump slightly set back. Both fore and hind haunches are described subtly as smooth undulating planes, and the head and neck are also modelled with similar fluidity. The ram's distinguishing feature, the curled horns, stands out clearly from its head. No eyes are visible; a straight groove suggests a mouth. Two shallow depressions, serving apparently no descriptive function, appear inside the loop described by the horns.
  • Provenance

    From 1960s to 1959
    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) [1]
    From 1959 to 1971-1972
    Edna H. Bahr (d. 1978), by descent from her father, Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) [2]
    From 1971-1972 to ?
    Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014), purchased from Edna H. Bahr [3]
    From ? to 1998
    Carter Fine Art Limited, acquired from Robert Hatfield Ellsworth? [4]
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Carter Fine Art Limited [5]
    Notes:
    [1] According to Curatorial Remark 7 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See note 1.
    [5] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
    Edna H. Bahr (1907-1986)
    Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014)
    Caseset Limited
  • Origin

    China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Sculpture
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