The huge spiraled horns are this figurine’s main feature both visually and because they enable us to confidently identify the species represented (despite other anatomical details such as the fur, the triangular tail, the genitals, etc.).
Such terracotta examples, always manufactured in the ancient technique of hand-modeling, were largely widespread all throughout the Near East and especially in Syria: they are characterized by naive shapes and attitudes, which often make them look funny and caricatural, somewhat incomplete. Their technical and artistic qualities, and the use of such a common material as clay indicate that they were popular objects.
Their destination is unknown, but one would suggest various purposes, such as ex-votos in the religious sphere (our figurine clearly highlights the genitals of the ram, and would therefore be related to fertility cults) or as toys for children in a family and home environment: the variety and importance of the bestiary represented (birds, fishes, mammals, snakes, etc.) also argues for this hypothesis.