This head once belonged to the statue of an unidentified female deity. The gender is suggested by the lack of a beard, and the simple hairstyle points to the divine status of the subject: mortal women wore elaborately curled wigs at the time this piece was carved. The complete statue represented the goddess seated or standing, either alone or as part of a group of two or more deities and possibly the king. The sculpture was carved from quartzite, a material in which, through the ages, Egyptian artists created their most sensitive portrayals of humans and gods.
The goddess Sekhmet was the goddess of health and protection. She was the one who controlled demons who could spread diseases and therefore the one to call upon to keep from getting sick of to get better.
Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26 – 30, between 664 – 332 BC.
Found in Naukratis (a Greek city in the Delta of Egypt) by WMF Petrie in 1885