Face of a Lion
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The material, size, and carving style of this face are typical of statues of the goddess Sakhmet, such as the one displayed in the adjacent gallery of Egypt Reborn. To appease the goddess, hundreds of her statues in the form of a lionheaded woman were carved. However, because the drilled eyes of this fragment, once inlaid with semiprecious stones or glass, are uncommon for images of Sakhmet, the face may be a representation of an animal rather than of the lion-headed goddess.
ca. 1390-1292 B.C.E.
Second half of XVIII Dynasty
9 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (25 x 26 x 15.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Face of a Lion, ca. 1390-1292 B.C.E. Syenite, 9 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (25 x 26 x 15.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.171. Creative Commons-BY
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Black syenite face from a large statue of Sakhmet. Incised details. Eyes, now missing, were inlaid separately.
Condition: Nose badly battered. Eyes missing, good workmanship.
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