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Lioness-headed Goddess
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Lioness-headed Goddess


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Description Lioness goddesses were powerful deities. Most popular were Sakhmet and Wadjet, both closely related to the sun-god. Representations of lioness-headed goddesses should protect their owner or donor. This amulet displays a female goddess standing in a long dress. She has a lioness head and a long wig. The loop of the pendant is on top of her head. Identification of a specific goddess is difficult but it is likely that Wadjet is displayed because most other lioness-headed goddesses would've had an additional crown. Either such a specification was not necessary because the owner would have known which goddess was represented, or the amulet was meant to include all variations of lioness-goddesses.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/23/1959Treatmentcleaned
10/07/1974Treatmentcleaned
8/03/1998Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Sheikh Ismael [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
664-332 BC (Late Period)
Medium
Egyptian faience with green-blue glaze
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.1560
Measurements
H without mount: 2 1/4 x W: 5/8 x D: 5/16 in. (5.72 x 1.61 x 0.8 cm); Mount H: 5/8 in. (1.65 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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