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Ancient Worlds

The Chrysler’s galleries of ancient and non-western art includes Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic, East Asian, African and Pre-Columbian material. If you're visiting the Museum with children, this is the area in which to start, as it will bring to life subjects covered in school.

Sekhmet

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Egyptian
Sekhmet,
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
Diorite

In ancient Egypt, the lion-headed Sekhmet, “the Powerful,” was the deadly handmaiden of the sun god Re. Sent by Re to punish his enemies, she unleashed a massacre so bloody that the god himself had to intervene to stop it. As the goddess of vengeance and human calamity—war, disease, plague—she required appeasement to keep her powers in check.