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A Seated Statue Of Sekhmet And Two Related Sculptures In The Collection Of The San Antonio Museum Of Art

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The typical, and well-known, image of the goddess Sekhmet is a composite one that shows the body of a woman surmounted with the head of a lioness. This visual image is, of course, quite appropriate for a divinity that was believed to embody the potentially devastating power of the blazing sun, with which she could destroy the enemies of both the sun god and the king, his child and representative on earth. The New Kingdom granodiorite seated Sekhmet sculpture in San Antonio entered the museum's permanent collection in 2004 as part of a bequest from the prominent local philanthropist and art collector, Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. In addition to the major statue of Sekhmet in the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art, there are two additional, related objects that are worth bringing to the attention of the scholarly community.

Keywords: goddess Sekhmet; San Antonio Museum of Art



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