Amulet of the Goddess Sekhmet

A work made of faience.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience.

Date:

Third Intermediate Period (about 1069–664 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

The lioness Sekhmet and the cat Bastet were regarded as being the wild and tame aspects,respectively, of the same unpredictable goddess. Bastet is shown seated, holding her rattle (sistrum) that made music that calmed Sekhmet, transforming her into a gentle cat.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Amulet of the Goddess Sekhmet

Origin

Egypt

Date

1070–664 AD

Medium

Faience

Inscriptions

sign of "life" incised on rear of openwork throne

Dimensions

5.5 × 3.5 × 1.75 cm (2 3/16 × 1 3/8 × 1 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Norman W. Harris

Reference Number

1892.51

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