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Statue of the Goddess Sakhmet

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak
H. 176 cm (69 5/16 in); w. 45.7 cm (18 in); d. 94 cm (37 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry Walters, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
This lion-headed figure represents the goddess Sakhmet, whose name means "the powerful one." Sakhmet was 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.

The inscription on the back of this statue names Sakhmet as mistress of an unknown locality.
Taken to England in the early 1800s by Belzoni and D'Athanasi who were working for Henry Salt; exhibited in the recesses of Waterloo Bridge, 1833; Collection of John Lee of Hartwell House; Collection of Lord Amherst; purchased by the Museum from Lord Amherst, 1915.

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