About this object

Granodiorite sculpture of the goddess Sekhmet, seated surmounted by a sun disc. The statue was broken apart during the 1941 May blitz and was repaired in 1995. Originally she clasped the symbol of life (the ankh) in her left hand, now both arms below the shoulder are missing. This is the larger statue of the pair. The statue has been fixed on a black limestone base.

Display dimensions on plinth = Height 225 cm x Width 67 cm x Depth 124 cm

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1390 BC - 1352 BC about (Dynasty 18: Reign of Amenhotep III)
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1824 - 1827
  • Measurements
    2060 mm x 480 mm x 1050 mm x 1463 kg
  • Note
    Purchased from 9th Viscount Valentia's collection, no. 428 in the 1852 sale catalogue. Mayer gave £85 for it and M11810 according to a priced catalogue. Viscount Valentia acquired the object from Henry Salt who acquired it in Egypt between 1824-7. It is likely that this statue originated at the mortuary temple of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) in Western Thebes.
  • Related people
    Annesley, George Arthur, 9th Viscount Valentia ( Previous owner); Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Henry Salt ( Collector, previous owner)

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