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Iberian protome of a ram, from the 3rd or 2nd century BC.
Carved head on the Cathedral of St. Jacob in Šibenik, Croatia; carved in the 15th century by Juraj Dalmatinac

Protome (Greek προτομή) is an adornment on utensils or works of art in the form of a frontal view of an animal head or bust of a human. Protomes are often featured in ancient art.[1]


  1. ^ Hidden Treasures from the National Museum. Kabul, Tillya Tepe Tomb III page 262 item 178

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