From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak, Temple of Mut, Sacred Lake region
H. 211 cm (83 1/16 in); w. of base 51 cm (20 1/16 in); d. 95 cm (37 3/8 in)
Rogers Fund, 1912
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
Sakhmet, whose name means "the powerful one," was the goddess of war, violent storms, and pestilence. When she was appeased, her powers of destruction could be used to protect, and in this aspect she became a goddess of healing.
This statue probably once stood near the sacred lake of the temple of Mut at Karnak. In the early nineteenth century, more than 600 similar statues were found within the temple precinct, and dozens may still be seen there today. One of Sakhmet's many epithets was "the flame of Mut," and her close association with this goddess explains the presence of so many Sakhmet statues in Mut's temple.