Fragment of seated Sekhmet
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Temple of Mut, Karnak
Height x width x depth: 113 x 52.5 x 48 cm (44 1/2 x 20 11/16 x 18 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Lobby between Old and New Kingdom Funerary Art (119.1)
This is the upper part of a seated statue of Sekhmet. A goddess of war, Sekhmet appears as a woman with the head of a lioness surmounted by a sun disk. In the New Kingdom, she became associated with an Egyptian mother goddess named Mut. This fragment comes from the precinct of Mut at Karnak, erected by Amenhotep III.
From Thebes, Karnak, temple of Mut; 1835: collected by John Lowell with permission of the Egyptian government (Lowell diary); 1875: given to the MFA by John A. Lowell and Miss Lowell.
(Accession Date: March 18, 1875)
Gift of heirs of Francis Cabot Lowell