Bronze goddess Neith, Ptolemaic Period

Bronze goddess Neith, Ptolemaic Period
Period:Egypt, Graeco-Roman Period, Ptolemaic Period
Dating:332 BC–30 BC
Origin:Egypt, Lower Egypt
Physical:22.5cm. (8.8 in.) - 690 g. (24.4 oz.)

Links to other views:

⇒ Larger View
if scripting is off, click the ⇒ instead.

• • •

Links to others from Ptolemaic Period

Bronze ithyphallic god Bes, Ptolemaic
Bronze of Eros, Ptolemaic, 200-100 BC
Bronze of Mut, Ptolemaic Period
Bronze statuette of Aphrodite, Ptolemaic
Bronze Venus, Alexandria, 50 BC-50 AD
Gold and cornaline necklace, Alexandria
Gold ring, Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 BC
Grooved bowl, Syro-Palestine, 150-50 BC
Horus-the-Child, Alexandria, 100-30 BC
Horus-the-Child, Alexandria, 304-30 BC
Horus-the-Child, Ptolemaic, 200-100 BC
Horus-the-Child, Ptolemaic, 304-30 BC
Horus-the-Child riding a swan, 304-31 BC
Tall bronze Osiris, Ptolemaic Period

Links to others representing Neith

Queen as Goddess Neith seated, Dyn. 25106

Queen Karama as Goddess Neith, Dyn. 22

Links to others of type Statuette-woman

Bronze female dancer, Rome, 200-27 BC
Bronze of a queen nursing, Dyn. 25
Bronze of Ceres, Rome, 200 BC-307 AD
Bronze of Goddess Nebethetepet, Dyn. 12
Bronze of Mut, Ptolemaic Period
Bronze Venus, Alexandria, 50 BC-50 AD
Etruscan young woman, 570-550 BC
Gilded statue of a queen, Early Dynastic
Hathor as a woman, cow headed, N.K.
Protodynastic female statuette, Dyn. 0
Queen Aqaluqa as Isis nursing, Dyn. 25
Queen as Goddess Mut, Dyn.18
Queen as Isis nursing, Dyn. 12
Queen as Isis nursing, Dyn. 25
Queen as Isis-Hathor nursing, Dyn. 21
Queen Hatshepsut as Goddess Mut, Dyn. 18
Queen Hatshepsut as Hathor, Dyn. 18
Queen Isis as Isis nursing Thutmose III
Queen Isitnefret as Isis nursing, Dyn. 19
Queen Karama as Goddess Neith, Dyn. 22
Terracotta young woman, Greece, 450 BC
Victory and Athena, terracotta, Greece
Woman and girl, Tanagra, 340-300 BC
Woman with elaborate headdress, Crete
  This bronze statuette represents Goddess Neith, wearing her traditional Red Crown of Lower Egypt, with her right hand next to her thigh holding the seal of power, and her left hand jutting forward to hold the scepter, now missing.

This sculpture shows the effect of an increasingly cosmopolitan society upon traditional Egyptian artistic canons. The physical type of the woman portrayed is evidently Greek, the proportions have strayed from classicism almost to the point of caricature. It shows Egypt going through the motions of remaining Egyptian, but without much conviction. In the dusky days of a defeated nation, the Egyptian mighty goddess of war, once used to portray some of Egypt’s greatest queens, is ironically empty of her meaning.

Macedonian or Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC).

“The Greeks identified Neith with Athena, probably because of her warlike aspect” (Shaw & Nicholson 1995:200).

Bibliography (for this item)

Khalil, Hassan M.
1976 Preliminary Studies on the Sanusret Collection. Manuscript, Musée l’Egypte et le Monde Antique, Monaco-Ville, Monaco. ([1]231)

Shaw, Ian, and Paul Nicholson
1995 The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom. (200)

©2004 CIWA, All rights reserved.