Head of a Cow Goddess (Hathor or Mehetweret)
Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1390–1352 B.C.E.
Upper Egypt; Thebes
Porphyritic diorite, H. 52 cm (20 1/2 in0; w. 28 cm (11 in); d. 34 cm (13 3/8 in)
Rogers Fund, 1919, MMA 19.2.5
Photos ©JAL 2012
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"The statue of which this head was once a part may have represented the goddess Hathor and it was probably commissioned by Amenhotep III. The artist has produced a work that symbolizes both the divine power and the beneficient qualities of this goddesss by stylizing the natural forms of the bovine head. The glossy finish of the statue surface adds warmth to a piece that is mastery in its technical execution."