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In the Egyptian pantheon, the goddess Sekhmet was bodyguard to the pharaohs. She was fierce and feminine, shown as a lithe woman with a lion’s head. At the Temple of Amenhotep III, once the biggest mortuary center around Thebes, eight statues of Sekhmet were discovered. Made from black granite, two show the feline goddess standing upright and the rest seated on a throne, it was once a statue of Amenhotep III, the 13th-century BC pharaoh who took Egypt to the height of its power.

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Tomb of Djeserkareseneb (TT38), reign of Thutmose IV or early Amenhotep III: female attendant © OSIRISNET.NET

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Basalt statue of the Goddess Hathor holding the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion: the statue was commissioned by King Amenhotep III to celebrate His Sed Festival; now in the Egyptian Museum of Torino

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Head of Amenhotep III Wearing the Blue Crown, c. 1391-1353 BC Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III

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Ceiling painting from the palace of Amenhotep III, ca. 1390-1353. New Kingdom, Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.215.451). #minoan #egyptian

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