Statuette of the Goddess Mut
Many deities in the official Egyptian pantheon can be recognized by their headdresses. The Double Crown of the beneficent goddess Mut, whose name means “mother,” characterizes her as a conveyor of kingship and the divine mother of pharaoh. Amun, whose name means “hidden,” is portrayed as a man wearing a tall, plumed crown. When he appears with a solar disk at the base of the crown, he is known as Amun-Re, who possesses both hidden and solar creative powers. When shown in tightly enveloping garb and with an erection, he may be called Amun-Re-Kamutef, associated with fertility and regeneration. An amulet in this virile attitude would have held the promise of eternal rebirth after death. Monthly rebirth is also invoked by the full and crescent moons of Khonsu, the divine heir of Amun and Mut.
In popular religion the protection of pregnancy and birth was entrusted to such deities as Taweret and Bes. The appearance of Taweret, “The Great One,” as a pregnant hippopotamus with lion and crocodile features is a dramatic symbol of protective motherhood. The dwarf with a lion’s face and legs likely represents Bes, who was worshipped in the home as a protector of motherhood, birth, and rebirth.
- Medium: Schist
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-525 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 6 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (16.2 x 3.8 x 4.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 76.38
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Statuette of the Goddess Mut, ca. 664-525 B.C.E. Schist, 6 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (16.2 x 3.8 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 76.38. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Green schist, matte polished surface in a good state of preservation. The goddess wears the double crown, a striated wig, a single uraeus, a tightly fitting sheath. L holds an ankh sign. BP is a truncated pyramid. Condition: Broken off diagonally from calf, below hem line, of L. leg to the bottom of the skirt on the R. leg nicks in R. leg and in space between the legs of garment; chip missing from face at juncture of R. eye, nose and cheek. Top of BP worn. [drawing of hieroglyphic inscription]
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)