Third Intermediate Period
Possibly Saite Dynasty 26
Faience (glazed composition)
H: 10.3 W: 2.0 D: 3.2 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.30
The amulet depicts either the goddess Sakhmet or the goddess Bastet. Sakmet, a lion-headed goddess, was a symbol of power and protection for the Egyptian king. Bastet was the feline-headed, benevolent counterpart of Sakhmet. If no accompanying inscription identifies the figure, as in the case of this amulet, it can be difficult to tell which goddess is represented.