Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The uraeus, or cobra, was the symbol of the Lower Egyptian goddess Wadjet, who protected kings from earliest times. The king wore a uraeus on his forehead as protection from his enemies. It was believed that the uraeus could spit fire at the king’s foes.
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
1 9/16 x 11/16 x 1 1/4 in. (4 x 1.8 x 3.2 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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Uraeus, 664–30 B.C.E. Bronze, 1 9/16 x 11/16 x 1 1/4 in. (4 x 1.8 x 3.2 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, 16.580.181. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 16.580.181_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 16.580.181_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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