Egyptian Bronze Statuette of Sekhmet
An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of the a lion-headed goddess, probably Sekhmet. She is seated with her clenched hands held to the thighs, wearing a long close-fitting dress, roughly incised collar, and striated tripartite wig.
Late Period, ca. 700 - 30 BC.
Sekhmet was a warrior goddess of Upper Egypt depicted as a lioness. She was also a solar deity, and was associated with different aspects of Hathor, Mut, and Bastet. She often wears a solar disk headdress, and uraeus which associates her with Wadjet and royalty.
Cf. a monumental stone statue of Sekhmet seated and without headdress, excavated from the temple of Mut in Thebes, Egypt, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. no. 75.7.
Formerly in the M. Wyman collection; acquired at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, December 14, 1978, lot 403; previously in a New York private collection.