Skip Navigation

Leonine Goddess

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The lion head, uraeus, and remains of a now missing sun disk of this goddess identify her as one of the daughters of the sun god. The shape of the base resembles the papyrus scepter held by a standing lion-headed goddess displayed nearby in this gallery. However, her unusual crouching pose, with both knees drawn up, and mummiform legs also connect her with Netherworld entities and guardian demons.

The statuette originally contained a cat mummy, the two together likely serving as a votive offering to a feline goddess.
MEDIUM Wood, gold leaf, plaster, linen, bronze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 770 - 412 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 27
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 16 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (42.5 x 13 x 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.

    Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact (charges apply).

    For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch.

    For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright.

    If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    CAPTION Leonine Goddess, 770 - 412 B.C.E. Wood, gold leaf, plaster, linen, bronze, 16 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (42.5 x 13 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1379E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE 3/4, 37.1379E_threequarter_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.