These photographs were taken at Leeds City Museum where there is an exhibition of Egyptian items on loan from the British Museum.  They represent three Egyptian goddesses – Hathor, Sekhmet and Isis.

The first photograph is a limestone relief of Goddess Hathor.  This ancient Egyptian goddess personified love, beauty, music and motherhood.  She welcomed the dead into the next life.  She is depicted as a cow goddess with head horns in which the sun disc is placed as here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second phograph is of a statue of Sekhmet.  Sekhmet was a warrior goddess and also a goddes of healing.  She is shown, as here, as part lioness and part woman.  She is a sun goddess and is often describted as the daughter of the sun god Ra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final photograph is of a golden statuette showing Isis suckling her son, Horus.  Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and also as a goddess of nature and magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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