Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Usually seen in the form of a cobra, the goddess Wadjet was depicted as a lion-headed woman in the later periods of Egyptian history. Large bronze representations of this daughter of the sun god Re frequently functioned as containers for the mummies of Egyptian mongooses (known as ichneumons), as did this one. The mongoose’s ability to kill snakes evoked the myth of the sun god and his daily struggle with serpent enemies.
664 B.C.E. – 332 B.C.E.
20 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (52.1 x 12.4 x 24.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Seated Wadjet, 664 B.C.E. – 332 B.C.E. Bronze, 20 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (52.1 x 12.4 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.622. Creative Commons-BY
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