Detail of the goddess Selket

Detail of the goddess Selket from the canopic shrine from the Tomb of Tutankhamun , New Kingdom, gilded wood see also 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Museum

This is one of four goddesses who, with gracefully outstretched arms, protect the gilded wooden shrine set within a baldachin, to house the alabaster chest containing the king’s viscera. Selket is the goddess of healing stings and bites. The statuette is made of gilded wood and it’s eyes and eyebrows are painted black. Selket turns her head slightly to the side to ward off danger and thus breaks away from the traditional frontal pose of royal statuary. Her costume is that of contemporary queens, and the Amarna influence is still evident in the modeling of the body and the features of the face.


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