From Thebes, Karnak, temple of Mut, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390–1352 B.C.E.
Granodiorite, W x H x D: 126.6 x 53.3 x 66.7 cm (49 13/16 x 21 x 26 1/4 in.)
Gift of John A. Lowell and Miss Lowell 1875, MFA #75.7
"Sekhmet, whose name means “the Powerful”, is depicted as a lioness-headed woman, often with the solar disk atop her head. A Goddess of healing and of pestilence alike, Sekhmet often bears the epithet “Eye of Re,” identifying her as the executor (irt, “eye” can also be read as ir.t, “doer” or “agent”) of the will of the sovereign solar power of the cosmos." (Source: Henadology)
Sekhmet offering the ankh...
"The statue bears inscriptions down the front of the seat listing the names of Amenhotep III and stating that the king was beloved of Sekhmet 'whose flesh is golden.' (From info card)
On our left side we can read his throne name "NebMaatRa", 'Full of the Justice/Truth of Ra' and on our right we read he is the 'Son of Ra', and his birth name "Amenhotep Hekawaset, 'Amun is Satisfied, Ruler of Thebes'. Under each cartouche, we can see a shortened version of Sekhmet's name:
Photo and glyph illustration ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2014