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Figure

Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    664 BC - 332 BC

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:

    5484-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In ancient Egypt, Sekhmet was the goddess of war but also healing. Her associated animal was the lion, and so depictions of Sekhmet typically portray her as a human female with a lion's head. Sekhmet was also considered a solar deity, and so the solar disk was also often depicted as one of her attributes.

Physical description

Top half of a green glazed composition figurine or amulet of the Goddes Sekhmet. She is depicted as a striding human figure with a lion's head, surmounted by a large sun-disk with a uraeus cobra. The figure has a moulded dorsal pillar.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)

Date

664 BC - 332 BC

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm

Object history note

This object originally formed part of the Ceramics collection at the Museum of Practical Geology, on Jermyn Street, which was transferred en masse to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1901.

Descriptive line

Sekhmet figurine, green glazed composition, Egypt, Late Period

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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