Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Figurine of a goat, decorative attachment for a large vessel
Peloponnesus, Greece
Classical Period, late 6th – early 5th century BCE
H: 6; W: 9; D: 3.5 cm
Bequest of Norbert Schimmel, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 91.71.313
Goats, one of the oldest domesticated species, were also part of Greek mythology: the divine goat Amaltheia nursed Zeus and was placed among the stars as a constellation. Her horn became the “cornucopia,” or horn of plenty, a common symbol in later times.

Muscarella, Oscar White, ed., Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, Philipp von Zabern, Mainz, Germany, 1974

Gods and Mortals: Selected Objects from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 17/05/1992 - 31/10/1992

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir