Inv. n°: MMoCA855

Sekhmet and Horus Group

This bronze group is a dedication depicting the Goddess Sekhmet, stood frontally and protected from the rear by the falcon god, Horus. Sekhmet, also spelled Sakhmet, in Egyptian mythology, is a goddess of war, the destroyer of the enemies of the sun god Re, and is associated both with disease and with healing and medicine. She is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities, here depicted a woman with the head of a lioness, on which is placed the solar disk and the uraeus serpent. They are traces of the surface gilding around the face of Sekhmet, which suggest that originally the whole piece would have been covered with a fine gold leafing.

h. 12.5 cm

663-525 BC, Egypt

Bronze, Gold

Provenance

  • With Mr. Munzen, Basel
  • In the collection of Mr. Chikara Watanabe, Japan
  • Private Japanese collection, acquired from the above in 1985
  • Acquired at David Aaron Gallery, London

Publications

  • International Arts Exhibition, 1977, no. 5, obj. 17

Exhibitions

  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from 2020

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