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Goddess Sekhmet

Head and upper body of the goddess Sekhmet, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

Goddess Sekhmet

This “Head and upper body of the goddess Sekhmet” was created in Egypt during 18th dynasty and reign of Amenhotep III, 1390-1352 BCE.

In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet is a warrior goddess as well as the goddess of healing. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter. It was believed that Sekhmet’s breath formed the desert and that her breath is the hot desert wind. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.

Her cult was dominant in the Ancient Egyptian culture she was also considered a Solar deity. Sometimes called the daughter of the sun god Ra and often her monuments bear the Solar disk.

Upper torso and head of the goddess Sekhmet, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

The fierce lioness goddess Sekhmet is the daughter of the sun god Ra. She wears the sun as a headdress, protected by a spitting cobra.

Goddess Sekhmet

  • Title:                   Head and upper body of the goddess Sekhmet
  • Year:                   1390-1352 BCE
  • Place Created:   Egypt
  • Material:            Granite
  • Museum:           Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Photo Credit: 1)By Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 2) By Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons:  

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