Meretseger, ca. 1479-1400 BC, or later (sand…

Meretseger, ca. 1479-1400 BC, or later (sandstone, pigment)

Although this snake goddess is not named in an inscription, her human face and the two finger-shaped feathers on her crown identify her as Meretseger (She Who Loves Silence), a patroness of fertility and the harvest. Like this statue, most images of Meretseger are modest in quality and were placed in small chapels or shrines to be visited by local farmers.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1550-1292 BC. Now in the Brooklyn Museum.