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The Goddess Mafdet (?)

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This fragmentary relief was excavated in the debris over and around a tenlple of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty (664–525 B.C.). However, its precise date, nature, and subject matter are uncertain. The female feline with lotus flower may be related to Hathor or some other goddess, and the falcon heads below her are possibly celestial symbols.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Mendes, Egypt
  • DATES 3rd century B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 x 16 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (28 x 41 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One limestone representation of a running feline over a frieze of hawks' heads. The feline's face is frontal and there is a flower issuing from its chest on the left hand side. Condition: The surface is pitted and there are cracks and scratches on the body of the feline.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION The Goddess Mafdet (?), 3rd century B.C.E. Limestone, 11 x 16 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (28 x 41 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, 80.7.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.7.7_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 80.7.7_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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