Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

A plaster cast of a statue depicting the goddess Hathor in the form of a cow protecting the government official Psamtik, circa the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty. Original housed in the Cairo Museum, Egypt, site of origin is the Tomb of Psamtik at the Saqqara necropolis, Memphis, Egypt.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Statue

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Egypt

Height (cm/in)

101.6 cm / 40 in

Width (cm/in)

106.68 cm / 42 in

Depth (cm/in)

29.21 cm / 11.5 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

This statue is one of three that a Egyptian man named Psamtik, a government official in the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, commissioned, most likely for a temple, at a site known as Saqqara. Psamtik, who was the Overseer of Sealers, is depicted in his official capacity with a seal hung from a cord around his neck, wearing a long kilt, on which hieroglyphics (the Egyptian form of writing) have been inscribed. He stands under the chin of a cow that wears a plumed headdress like the goddess Hathor, whom she represents. It is unusual that the animal form of the goddess dominates the sculpture, towering over the human Psamtik. Some scholars believe this is because in the political uncertainty of the Late Period of Egypt, Egyptians came to depend more and more on their all-powerful deities for protection.

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Group representing Hathor in the form of a Cow

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