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Egyptian Lion-Headed Goddess, TIP, 1069-702 BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1247122
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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
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Zurich, Switzerland

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Blue glazed amulet of Sekhmet crowned with the solar disk and the uraeus between cow horns and feathers.
The goddess strides forward with her left leg. The arms by her sides are carefully offset from the narrow waist. Sekhmet wears a tightly-fitted clothing to show off her female form.
Superbly modeled head with tripartite wig; a loop for suspension on the back.
The lion-headed Sekhmet was originally the warrior goddess who protected the pharaoh and led him to warfare. As deducible from her attributes, she was a solar deity often associated with the goddess Hathor. The double feathers were sometimes shown in later periods.
Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, 1069-702 BC
H. 6.2 cm (2.44 in)
Crown broken off and initially repaired with bone glue; now properly reattached. Hairline crack to her left foot caused when the figure was detached from the mold. Residual glue on the plinth.
Goddard and Josephine Dubois, acquired in Egypt 1900-1906.
Exhibited 1968 in the Museum of Man, San Diego (California), lot no. 230

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