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Figure of a Lion-Headed Goddess in Front of an Obelisk
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Figure of a Lion-Headed Goddess in Front of an Obelisk


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Description The ancient Egyptians donated figures of their gods for use in temple rituals; smaller images served as amulets to ensure divine protection. Goddesses in particular were viewed as protective deities. From earliest times, Egyptian venerated a wide circle of feline-headed female deities, such as Sakhmet, Tefnut, Wadjet, and Bastet. Leonine goddesses, usually Sakhmet or Wadjet (daughters of the sun-god Re), were often associated with an obelisk - a symbol of the sun god - demonstrating both their close relationship to the supreme god and his powers of renewal.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
ca. 664-342 BC (Late Period)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.993
Measurements
H: 10 3/16 x W: 2 7/8 x D: 4 5/8 in. (25.9 x 7.3 x 11.7 cm); H with tangs: 11 x W: 2 7/8 x D: 4 5/8 in. (27.9 x 7.3 x 11.7 cm); H with base: 12 5/16 x W: 3 5/16 x D: 7 1/2 in. (31.2 x 8.4 x 19.1 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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