Photo #10

Statue of the goddess Sekhmet seated, holding a cross of life (ankh) in her left hand. Daughter of the Sun god, fierce Sekhmet was so terrifyingly destructive that her divine father, fearing she would exterminate the Egyptian people, devised a strategy to pacify her. One night, he poured out 7,000 jars of red-dyed beer over Egypt. Upon awakening, Sekhmet, believing it to be human blood, drank until she became so intoxicated, she forgot about her plans and rejoined the gods.

New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III
(1390–1353 B.C.)

© Museo Egizio (Turin, Italy)

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