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Lion-Headed Goddess
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Lion-Headed Goddess

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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, 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.

Date Description Narrative
5/05/1977Examinationexamined for condition
  • 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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early 11th-mid 7th century BCE (Third Intermediate Period)
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 3 5/8 x W: 1 x D: 13/16 in. (9.2 x 2.5 x 2 cm); H on mount: 3 7/8 x W: 1 x D: 1 1/4 in. (9.9 x 2.5 x 3.1 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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