LARGE EGYPTIAN LION-HEADED GODDESS AMULET
Measurements: 5.1 cm - height
Description: A good-sized finely detailed amulet in pale green with areas of light honey-coloured brown glazed composition, depicting a seated figure of Sekhmet, the lioness goddess of war; seated on a throne, holding a lotus sceptre in her left hand against her body. The item features a suspension loop to the rear of the head. Sekhmet is usually depicted as a lioness or a woman with the head of a lioness. Her name means ‘the powerful’. In mythology, she is a savage who wanted to slaughter human race and drink its blood, however, Ra prevented her. As a wife of Ptah, she was a part of the Memphis triad, along with their son Nefertum.
Reference: Blanchard, R.H., Handbook of Egyptian Gods and Mummy amulets, 1909, Pl. 23, Fig. 63.
Period: 6th - 4th cent. BC
Condition: Very fine, intact.