Egyptian Faience Amulet of Sekhmet

£ 650.00

An Ancient Egyptian glazed faience amulet of light blue colour depicting Sekhmet, the lioness goddess of war, with rectangular dorsal pillar pierced for suspension. The goddess is presented striding with her left leg forward, wearing a tripartite wig that is partly covered by her mane, and a full-length dress. Her left arm is by her side and her right arm is bent and held to her body. In her right hand she holds a long papyrus sceptre, the wadj in ancient Egyptian, which symbolised new life and the concept of regeneration after death.

Date: Circa 8th - 6th century BC
Period: 25th - 26th Dynasty
Condition: Very fine, intact, with minor chipping and earthy encrustations over the whole. The item is suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: ES-13
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Sekhmet is usually depicted as a lioness or a woman with the head of a lioness. Her name comes from the ancient Egyptian word sekhem, meaning ‘power’ or ‘might’, and means ‘the one who is powerful’. In mythology, she is a savage who wanted to slaughter the human race and drink its blood; however, Ra prevented her from doing so. As a wife of Ptah, she was a part of the Memphis triad along with her son Nefertum. In Ancient Egypt, amulets were worn in necklaces, bracelets, or rings, and placed amongst a mummy’s bandages to ensure the deceased a safe and productive afterlife. Depictions of deities in amulet form also had widespread popularity for many thousands of years in ancient Egypt, as it was a common way of invoking the assistance or protection of a particular god. The nature of this assistance can often be determined by the gods’ particular spheres of influence.

To discover more about amulets in the Ancient Egyptian world, please visit our relevant post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

 

Dimensions W 1.2 x H 4.6 cm
Egyptian Faience

Blue Faience

Egyptian Mythology

Sekhmet

Region

North Africa

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