Despite its having the mane of a male lion, the female body and attributes identify this striding figure as Sakhmet, whose name literally means “The Powerful One,” or another lion-headed goddess. Her attributes include a sun disk and uraeus (rearing cobra) on her head, which together connect her with the sun god Re and emphasize her roles as his daughter, the “Eye of the Sun” and protector of the king. The papyrus scepter in her left hand evokes regeneration and rebirth, among her divine responsibilities.
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Collected: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-332 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty or later
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 1 13/16 x 2 9/16 in. (23.3 x 4.6 x 6.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 08.480.29
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Lion-headed Goddess, ca. 664-332 B.C.E. Bronze, 9 3/16 x 1 13/16 x 2 9/16 in. (23.3 x 4.6 x 6.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.29. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (68%)