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A large stone Amulet of the Goddess Sekhmet , New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1550 - 1295 BC

of brown serpentine, 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.

Dimensions:Height: 3 1/8 inches (7.9 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:Ex. Hawthorne Collection, Pasadena CA, assembled prior to 1970.

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