AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF NEITH, LATE PERIOD, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF NEITH, LATE PERIOD, 26TH DYNASTY, 664-525 B.C.

Height: 19.1 cm; 7 ½ in

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Gustave Mustaki, Alexandria, Egypt; exported from Egypt to the UK under license, circa 1950;
Elsa MacLellan, United Kingdom, thence by descent from the above
Private collection, London, thence by descent from the above

CATALOGUE NOTE
Neith is the Egyptian goddess of war & hunting, whose name roughly translates to “she is the terrifying one.” While she was worshiped from the earliest dynastic periods, her cult gained great prominence in the 26th dynasty (664-525 B.C.) when it was resurrected in its original capital at Sais in Lower Egypt. This depiction of Neith dates to this time period, and portrays the goddess wearing the Deshret (or the Red Crown of Lower Egypt). She stands atop a pedestal which has an inscription in hieroglyphs that invokes a prayer to Neith, dedicated by a man called Iuf-aa, son of Ni (his father) & Djed-iset-ius (his mother). It recites a standard invocation asking Neith “the great god’s mother” to give them life, prosperity and happiness.

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