Pottery mould for a feline headed goddess
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))
- Last modified: 25 Oct 2020