Statuette of a goat
12th–13th century
Hammered gold, decorated with wound gold thread and granulation
H: 10.5; L: 10.5 cm
Bequest of Anna D. Ternbach, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 97.95.28
This is a rare item, not only because few gold objects have survived from this period but also because of the Islamic opposition to figurative art. It is unclear what purpose the object served. It may have been a gift for a foreign dignitary.

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

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