A fine Egyptian Faience Amulet of Sekhmet, Late Period, ca. 700-30 B.C.

of bright, blue-glazed faience, the lion-headed goddess shown striding, left foot forward with fisted hands by her sides, and wearing tripartite wig, a tightly fitted sheath dress, a short pillar on her back and a loop for attachment at the back of her head.

Sekhmet, along with her husband the creator-god Ptah and their son Nerfertum, was part of the powerful trio of deities that protected Ancient Memphis. Daughter of the sun god Ra, her name literally means, “the powerful.” She was a sun goddess, embodying the scorching, burning, destructive heat of the sun. Fierce goddess of war, the destroyer of the enemies of Ra and Osiris, she was represented as having the head of a lioness and the body of a female human. She quickly became a favorite of the pharaohs, symbolizing their strength and heroism in battle.  

cf. Andrews, C.; Amulets of Ancient Egypt, p. 34, no. 30c

Dimensions:  Height:  2 inches (5.1 cm) 

Condition:  The amulet is intact and in excellent condition overall.  Glued to early 20th century stone mount.

Exhibited:  San Diego Museum of Man, CA, 1968.

Provenance:  Acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York between 1900 and 1907 and then by descent.


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