Attachment in the form of the head of a goddess wearing the double crown
Third Intermediate Period
ca. 1070–664 B.C.
Leaded bronze, gold and electrum sheet on crown, Egyptian blue and glass inlays
h. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in); w. 6.0 cm (2 3/8 in); d. 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in)
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
The attachment head of the goddess Mut, Amun’s consort, wears a double crown. The lower element of the crown, traditionally red, is here covered in gold leaf, as the Egyptians associated gold with red. The crown’s traditionally white upper element is covered with electrum leaf, paler in hue and presumably intended to signify white.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) from the Dattari Collection, Cairo. Carnarvon Collection until 1926. Purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926.