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.
Bronze, animal remains
664 B.C.E. – 332 B.C.E.
XXVI Dynasty to XXXI Dynasty
20 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (52.1 x 12.4 x 24.1 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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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.
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