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Lion-headed Goddess

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 08.480.29
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    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
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