BRONZE FIGURE OF GODDESS NEITHPrint
BRONZE FIGURE OF GODDESS NEITH
Goddess of Sais and of war and hunting. Shown in striding position, left foot forward, holding her right arm alongside, her right arm bent at elbow, both clenched fists pierced for now missing attributes of staff and Ankh sign, wearing close-fitting long dress, and red crown of Lower Egypt on her head; on rectangular integral base inscribed with hieroglyphs on two sides, reading:
‘… O Neith, may you give live to Hor, son of Amun Irdis, born of the Lady of the House Nehemes (?)…’
Ex priv. coll. J.J. Mitchell, USA, acq. Cairo 1964; thence priv. coll. L.A. Wilkie (1900-1993), USA.
H. 18,5 cm. Green and red patina. Mounted.
Saite Period, 26th Dyn., c. 600 BC
Cf. G. Roeder, Aegyptische Bronzefiguren, Berlin 1956, §264, p. 229, pl. 31; G. Steindorf, Egyptian Sculpture, Baltimore 1946, pls. LXXXVI-VII, nos. 540-546