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Seated Wadjet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
MEDIUM Bronze, animal remains
DATES 664 B.C.E. – 332 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty to XXXI Dynasty
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (52.1 x 12.4 x 24.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 36.622
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Seated Wadjet, 664 B.C.E. – 332 B.C.E. Bronze, animal remains, 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
IMAGE front, 36.622_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large seated bronze statue of lion goddess, Sekhmet (?). Incised headdress, necklace, and bracelets. Undecorated throne. No inscription. Condition: Entire figure corroded. Object missing from left hand. Detail missing from top of head.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (91%)
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