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Selket. The Scorpion Goddess; from King Tut's Tomb (replica).

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Selket. The Scorpion Goddess; from King Tut's Tomb (replica).
14th c BCE Egyptian Egyptian New Kingdom 18th Dynasty Sculpture

EGYPTIAN XVIII DYNASTY Anonymous (aka Eighteenth Dynasty Anonymous; 18th Dynasty (c.1570 BCE - 1293 BCE) Primary
c. 1325 BCE
14th c BCE
Wood & Gold
Carved & Gilding
Egyptian New Kingdom 18th Dynasty
Statuette
Egypt. Africa.
Hayward CA. CSU East Bay Art Gallery.
glob7-142
"Here is the Scorpion goddess Selket from Tut's tomb in a royal gown of the era with a scorpion on her head. Her turning body was new in a tradition of rigid frontality. The sensuous form of her body was the ideal female form during the 18th Dynasty. This kind of sensuality was never known in Egypt before or after the period of Tut's family. The result of these formal changes is a remarkable life-like vitality. Selket protects the viscera (the vital organs that were removed from his body) in his tomb. She also helped Tut to be reborn as she is one of the Guardians of the Gate of Life Everlasting. Protecting Tut's head is his skull cap which was has the Double-Serpent, a representation of the life force. "

Caption: EGYPTIAN XVIII DYNASTYGoddess; from King Tut's Tomb (replica). | c. 1325 BCE | Egyptian | Egyptian New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty c. 1325 BCE | Institute for Aesthetic Development. Brentwood CA. Text copyright-Lanier Graham | glob7-142"
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