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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. 209 cm (82 5/16 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.
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.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 238.

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