“Mistress of peace and of the war cry. Lady of heaven, queen of the gods-Great Mut. Creator. Protector. Lady of joy. Cobra of dread. The vigilant mistress of Karnak. Mighty ruler in her Theban temple. She whose spirit exists because her temple endures. She whose temple and city will exist for millions of years”1. This writing comes from a hymn on a stela praising Mut. This stela praising one of the prominent goddesses of Egypt shows the great praise and proclamations given to their religious figures. Another such example of Egypt’s adoration for their gods is in the statue of Sekhmet, one of the many other statues found at the Temple of Mut. The statue stands as another representation of not only Egypt’s growing religious movements, but of the growing artistic movements in sculpting as well and the appreciation the higher powers of Egyptians had on their gods and religion.
The Statue of the Goddess Sekhmet is currently held at the Royal Ontario Museum in the Ancient Egypt exhibit with the inventory number, 2007. 68. 1. The statue depicts a woman with the head of a lion, the goddess Sekhmet herself, sitting on a throne and has a broken off muzzle due to age. The figure sits rigidly on top of a throne, a common depiction of some of the important gods of Egypt. Originally the statue had held an ankh but had broken off due to age. It was sculpted out of black granite and stands at 184 centimetres.
The statue was built during the New Kingdom specifically the 18th dynasty