Relief of the Goddess Mut
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Before the end of the New Kingdom almost all images of female figures wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt were depictions of the goddess Mut, here labeled "Lady of Heaven, Mistress of All the Gods." The goddess's facial features mark this as a work made sometime between late Dynasty XVIII and relatively early in the reign of Ramesses II (circa 1279-1213 B.C.). For more information on the goddess Mut and her temples, see the installations in Temples, Tombs, and the Egyptian Universe.
ca. 1336-1213 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18 to early Dynasty 19
18 7/8 × 9 13/16 × 3 3/8 in. (48 × 25 × 8.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Relief of the Goddess Mut, ca. 1336-1213 B.C.E. Granite, 18 7/8 × 9 13/16 × 3 3/8 in. (48 × 25 × 8.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 79.120. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.79.120_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.79.120_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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One red granite representation of a goddess wearing the Double Crown with uraeus attached and portions of two columns of inscriptions in sunk relief suggesting an identification as the Goddess Mut.
Condition: There is one major crack across the top of the relief through the first sign of hnt running horizontally through the top of the crown’s stinger. A second crack intersects this to form a “Y” in front of the top of the crown. Surface is darkened by handling in places.
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