Pottery mould for a feline headed goddess



Accession Number
EC667
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Amulets case
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Mould, Figurine mould
Material
Pottery
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Length: 48mm | Width: 31mm | Depth: 21mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Bastet | Sekhmet

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Description

A pottery mould for a feline headed goddess, likely Bastet or Sekhmet. The deity is holding a sceptre. WK42 is a very similar amulet and EC668 is a similar mould. Although we have called this a 'Sekhmet amulet', and indeed amulets of feline-headed goddesses are often so categorised, strictly speaking it could be one of a number of feline-headed goddesses: Bastet, Mut, Wadjet, etc. All were daughters of the sun-god Re. The feline head may be either a cat or a lioness. If a cat it is more likely to reflect the passive, nurturing aspect of the goddess, if a lioness, it is more likely to show her aggressive side. The addition of the uraeus cobra may possibly be to reinforce the aggressive or protective side of the goddess and to show her as the Eye of Re, a daughter of the sun-god. The Egyptians may not have minded exactly which goddess was intended.

Other Identity
1816 (small rectangular label with '1816' written thereon with red ink (possibly MacGregor))
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 1540
Previous Owners
Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Oct 2020

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