Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664-525 BCE
Purchased in Cairo, 1920, OIM 10672
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010
(From museum info card):|
"By the Late Period (7th century BCE), it was very common practice to present bronze statues to the temples, an act that was thought to show the piety of the donor. The popularity of this practice is demonstrated by a cache of statuettes discovered at Karnak in 1903 that contained over 14,000 bronze statues that had been presented to the temple over several centuries. This example portrays the goddess Neith, wearing the Red Crown and a long, tightly fitting dress."