Figurine of the goddess Neith

Historical period(s)
Saite Dynasty 26 or later, 664-525 BCE or later
Sculpture; bronze
H x W x D: 21.3 x 3.8 x 6.9 cm (8 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 2 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture

Figure: deity

casting, Egypt, Neith, Saite Dynasty 26 (664 - 525 BCE)
Provenance research underway.

Neith was a warrior goddess, a protectress of humankind (both living and deceased), and she was also the mother of the crocodile god Sobek.

Neith was particularly associated with northern Egypt and the Nile Delta, which is why she was often portrayed wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt.  During the Old Kingdom (ca. 2675-2130 B.C.E.), she was closely linked to the queens of Egypt.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. pp. 14-15, fig. 1.1.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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