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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.
  • 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
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing bronze statuette of Sakhmet. Conventional type with sun disk and uraeus surmounting her lion head. Left arm advanced clasping large lotus flower. Right hand clasps fragment of an object, now broken, probably an ankh. Left leg advanced. No inscription. Condition: Good. Attribute missing from right hand. Surface mostly a dull black.
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