Year: 664-332 a.C.
Dimension: Heigth 18 cm
Left arm recomposed
XXX Dynasty-Ptolemaic Period, 600-30 B.C. A bronze figure of the goddess Sekmet seated on a throne, represented as a woman with lioness head, wearing a long close-fitting dress, tri-partite wig and crown with solar disc and uraeus, supporting a panier with her left arm.
In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet (means "the powerful one") is a warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath formed the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.
Her cult was so dominant in the culture that when the first pharaoh of the twelfth dynasty, Amenemhat I, moved the capital of Egypt to Itjtawy, the centre for her cult was moved as well. Sekhmet also is a solar deity, sometimes called the daughter of the sun god Ra and often associated with the goddesses Hathor and Bastet. She bears the Solar disk and the uraeus which associates her with Wadjet and royalty.