Greece, Hellenistic period
bronze, Overall: 30.5 x 31.1 cm (12 x 12 3/16 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1990.32
Goats were among the earliest domesticated animals and figured prominently in Greek art and mythology since at least the 8th century BC. This example with its powerful stance, curly beard, and horns is not a ram but an expecting doe with swollen flanks. The subject is rare and its meaning unclear. Possibly she was part of a group dedication to a goddess. The sunken areas at the tail and hips and her open mouth, indicating heavy breathing, are signs that she is ready to give birth.
New York, Atlantis Gallery, Greek and Roman Art, June 20-July 20, 1990
CMA, Notable Acquisitions, June 7 to Sept. 15, 1991.
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