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, Egyptians venerated a wide circle of feline-headed female deities, such as Sakhmet, Tefnut, Wadjet, and Bastet. This small silver figure represents Wadjet. She is standing wearing a long female garment, amulets and bracelets. At the top of her head is a large erected uraeus (cobra serpent). The goddess holds a ritual instrument in front of her body with her left hand; it is a usekh-collar with a lioness-head (also called an aegis), which has a protective function.
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- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
- Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
- Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
- Die Entstehung der Welt. Ägyptens letzter Schöpfungsmythos (The Origin of the World. Egypt’s Last Creation Myth). Roemer- und Pelizaeus- Museum, Hildesheim; Kunsthalle Leoben, Leoben. 2014-2015.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, by 1931
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