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Lion-headed Goddess

Location

EGYPT

Era

Late Period, 26th Dynasty (664-525 B.C.E.)

Title

Lion-headed Goddess

Materials

Bronze

Dimensions

15 x 3.7 x 4 cm

Credits

Purchase, gift of Miss Mabel Molson, inv. 1932.B.3

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The ancient Egyptian pantheon included a great many lion-headed goddesses, with Hathor, Bastet, Sakhmet, Tefnut and Mut being the most frequently depicted. The lioness head was associated with the protective role of the deity. In the Late Period, lion-headed goddesses were particularly identified with Sakhmet, Bastet and Mut.

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