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.
Wood, gilding, plaster, linen, bronze
770 - 412 B.C.E.
Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 27
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
16 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (42.5 x 13 x 16.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Leonine Goddess, 770 - 412 B.C.E. Wood, gilding, 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
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