Figurine of the goddess Neith

Historical period(s)
Saite Dynasty 26 or later, 664-525 BCE or later
Medium
Sculpture; bronze
Dimensions
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)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1907.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure: deity

Keywords
casting, Egypt, Neith, Saite Dynasty 26 (664 - 525 BCE)
Provenance

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 43, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

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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