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A LARGE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE COBRA

A LARGE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE COBRA


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An ancient Egyptian limestone cobra goddess with partial inscription on plinth. Her hood is erect and her body undulates behind in two large loops. Her eyes and mouth are clearly articulated and she wears a modius on her head. A now missing attribute would have been placed inside the modius. The inscription reads as an ideogram for the name Renenutet, the "nursing serpent," a cobra goddess whose cult was popular in Lower Egypt and in the region near Memphis during the New Kingdom. Similar items were probably placed in household shrines to protect the homes from danger. New Kingdom, 1567-1085 B.C. 14 1/8 inches long. Intact as shown. From a New Jersey collection. For similar see Lisa Giddy, Kom Rabi'a: the New Kingdom and Post New Kingdom objects (London 1999). p.13