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Goddess Sekhmet statues. Egypt

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Goddess Sekhmet statues. Egypt

Statues of Goddess Sekhmet depicted with head of lioness and solar disk. Precinct of Mut. Karnak Temple Complex. Luxor. Egypt

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Complex Diorite Disk Dynasty Eighteenth Goddess Karnak Lion Lioness Luxor Mythology Precinct Sekhmet Shadow Solar Statues Thebes Warrior Myth Upper


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This photograph showcases a collection of ancient statues of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, located in the Precinct of Mut within the vast Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor, Egypt. Dating back to the 18th Dynasty, these statues depict the goddess with the fierce head of a lioness and the solar disk atop her head, symbolizing her role as both a warrior goddess and a protector of the pharaoh. The statues, carved from the hard diorite stone, are open-air, casting intriguing shadows that add depth and dimension to the image. Sekhmet was a significant deity in ancient Egyptian mythology and religion, revered as the goddess of war, healing, and the destructive forces of nature. Her mythological significance was often linked to the sun god Ra, and she was believed to have the power to bring disease and pestilence, but also to heal and protect. The Karnak Temple Complex, one of the largest religious sites in the world, was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. The Precinct of Mut, specifically, was dedicated to Mut, the mother goddess and protector of the pharaoh. The statues of Sekhmet, as the goddess of Mut, are a testament to the rich history and complex religious beliefs of ancient Egypt. This photograph offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to the age of pharaohs and the intricate mythology that shaped their civilization. The exterior of the temple complex, with its grandeur and intricacy, adds to the awe-inspiring atmosphere, making this a truly remarkable and historical image.

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