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Amulet of the Goddess Sekhmet

A work made of faience.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience.


Third Intermediate Period (about 1069–664 BCE)



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With the head of a lion and the idealized figure of a woman, this amulet depicts a powerful ancient Egyptian goddess. Ancient Egyptians—both living and dead—wore amulets of gods and goddesses to bring protection and health. These included depictions of deities in their human, animal, or mixed forms.

This amulet represents one of several goddesses who appeared in a hybrid leonine-human form, likely Sekhmet, a goddess of pestilence and divine violence. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet acted as the Eye of Re, the daughter and protector of the sun god, Re. She had the ability to make enemies fall sick or heal those who were afflicted, so she would have provided the wearer of this amulet with protection from disease and other dangerous forces.


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Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Amulet of the Goddess Sekhmet


Egypt (Object made in)

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c. 1069 BCE–664 BCE




7.8 × 1.7 × 2.7 cm (3 1/8 × 11/16 × 1 1/8 in.)

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

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