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Group of the Goddess Sekhmet Standing Surmounted by the Sun Disk within the Embrace of a Jackal - Headed Bird

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 7/16 x 1 1/16 x 3 1/16 in. (8.8 x 2.7 x 7.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Group of the Goddess Sekhmet Standing Surmounted by the Sun Disk within the Embrace of a Jackal - Headed Bird, 664-332 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 7/16 x 1 1/16 x 3 1/16 in. (8.8 x 2.7 x 7.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.689E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.689E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, unedited master file, 37.689E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One solid cast figure of the lioness-headed goddess Sakhmet. She stands on a rectangular base and is crowned with a uraeus and sun-disk. Her lower arms are extended forwards to hold a mutilated object. Behind her stands a jackal-headed bird, whose wings are extended forwards to protect the goddess (they envelope her legs at the level of the calves.) The bird is crowned with a mutilated crown of an elaborate type. Condition: Brown patina. Most features rubbed down. Ragged edges of plinth and headdresses as well. Surface greatly pitted.
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