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Lead Goat Effigy Votive Sculpture - FZ.276
Origin: Armenia
Circa: 400 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high x .875" (2.2cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Style: Greco-Roman
Medium: Lead

Location: United States
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With abstract simplicity, this little sculpture depicts a male goat with floppy ears and curving horns. Crafted from heavy lead, it was probably offered as a votive gift during the height of the classical age. Goats were a popular sacrifice in antiquity, and this metal example was intended to serve as a permanent gift to the gods. What did the person who offered it wish for? Were the gods benevolent in their favor? As we hold it in our hands today, we connect directly with that votary's vanished life and with its hopes and dreams. - (FZ.276)


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