Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Aegis of Sekhmet or Bastet, Third Intermediate Period and later (ca. 1070–332 b.c.)
    Egyptian
    Faience
    Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910 (10.130.2055)

    An aegis is a collarlike necklace (often called a broad-collar) bearing a divine head as symbol of protection and fertility. It is most commonly found on the prow of a sacred boat, or barque, of a god, but small ones could be used with a mummy. Lions or cats were generally the subjects for an aegis, although it is often difficult to identify the species. The lioness was savage and violent in her role as the destructive eye of the sun, while the cat, the lioness' alter ego, was benevolent and friendly, and acted as the eye of the moon.

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  • Aegis of Sekhmet or Bastet, Third Intermediate Period and later (ca. 1070–332 B.C.)
    Egyptian
    Faience
    Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910 (10.130.2055)

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