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Statue of a goddess, probably Nehemetaui or Nebethetepet

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 27–30
Date:
550–300 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 17.8 × W. 4.3 × D. 10 cm (7 × 1 11/16 × 3 15/16 in.) H. (with tang): 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.845
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The shrine-shaped sistrum sound-box worn as a crown by this figure indicats that either the goddess Nehemet-aui, the consort of Thoth, or Nebethetepet, a manifestation of Hathor, is represented. The features of the goddess suggest a date to the end of the 26th dynasty, or the 30th dynasty. As the kings of the 30th Dynasty built important buildings including a temple to the goddess Nehemet-aui at Hermopolis, the seat of the god Thoth, it is plausible this statue is Nehemet-aui.

Link to a blog about Ptolemaic Art at The Met
Nile and Newcomers: A Fresh Installation of Egyptian Ptolemaic Art
Purchased in Cairo by Lord Carnarvon before 1923. Carnarvon Collection. Purchased with the Carnarvon Collection from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926.

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