Egyptian faience figurine of the goddess Mut
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Egyptian faience figurine of Mut with lion head
Late Period of Ancient Egypt,
26th to 31st dynasty,
664 BC to 332 BC.
Egyptian statuette of the goddess Mut. She is depicted with a human body and a lion's head with wig. The goddess is standing erect with the left leg thriding forward. Her arms are hanging straight down close to the body. On her head Mut wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.
The crown is a typical attribute of the goddess. The depiction with a lion's head is rarer. Various aspects of Egyptian religion are mixed here and the goddess Mut merges in the depiction with a lion goddess, presumably Sekhmet.
Figure broken at the height of the waist and glued back together. Abrasion and minor chips. Overall very good condition for an ancient Egyptian faience figurine.
Acquired by us in 2020 from the German family estate Stollenwerk. Inherited in 2015 from the German private collection of the archaeologist and artist Erich Charlier. He acquired his collection, including this piece, between 1950 and 1980 in Europe.
Mr. Charlier was known for his work as an artist and built a reputation in his home country. He had his studio in Hammer, a village in the Eifel region of Germany. The artist is immortalized in numerous church ornaments in the area. For his artistic work Mr. Charlier received the honorary prize of the municipality of Simmerath, as well as the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994. Fossils and archaeological objects from his collection were or are on display in an exhibition in Hammer, together with typical hand drawings by Mr. Charlier, which he made for many archaeological pieces in his possession.
Cf. C. Gaillard, G. Daressy, Catalogue général des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire (1905), Tafel LIII, 39.123.
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