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Donation Stela with Image of the God Heka ("Magic"), the Goddess Sakhmet and a Curse

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This stela, or commemorative tablet, records the donation of a gift of land to a temple and invokes the protection of that gift by the local divine family. Two members of the family are depicted: the goddess Sakhmet, whose name means "the Power" or the "Powerful One," and the god Heqa, shown here as her young son. Usually depicted as leonine (signifying her powerful or dangerous nature), Sakhmet was one of the goddesses associated with the eye of the sun-god Re who could be great protectors but also, if enraged, great destroyers. Sakhmet controlled emissaries who could inflict disease and death but also guard against misfortune, including the evil eye.

MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 945–715 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 22
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 7 5/16 x 4 15/16 in. (39.3 x 18.5 x 12.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, probably from Mendes, Egypt; before 1967, possibly acquired by George Anastase Michaelides; by 1967, acquired by Johann Möger of Seestdijk, the Netherlands; October 11, 1967, purchased from Johann Möger by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Donation Stela with Image of the God Heka ("Magic"), the Goddess Sakhmet and a Curse, ca. 945–715 B.C.E. Limestone, 15 1/2 x 7 5/16 x 4 15/16 in. (39.3 x 18.5 x 12.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 67.119. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.119_view1_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 67.119_view1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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