Fragment of seated Sekhmet

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
1390–1352 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Temple of Mut, Karnak

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 113 x 52.5 x 48 cm (44 1/2 x 20 11/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

75.8

Medium or Technique

Granodiorite

On View

Lobby between Old and New Kingdom Funerary Art (119.1)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of heirs of Francis Cabot Lowell