Study for Cup and Saucer
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.
a. cup: 2 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (5.7 x 7.3 cm)
b. saucer: 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (1 x 21 x 11.4 cm) (show scale)
impressed on outside bottom of cup: "WOODMAN"
On bottom of cup and saucer:
Printed in green: “[Company logo] PT/Sevres/12”
Below, on round logo printed in orange: “Manufacture Nationale/Dore/Et/Decore/A/Sevres/BT”
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Gift of Charles Woodman
© Betty Woodman
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Betty Woodman (American, 1930-2018). Study for Cup and Saucer, 2012. Porcelain (pink), a. cup: 2 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (5.7 x 7.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charles Woodman, 2013.19.2a-b. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2013.19.2a-b_marks.jpg)
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