|www.metmuseum.org. gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904|
|see above, www.metmuseum.org|
This piece belongs to The Met, and its collection page suggests it was part of an offering to Bastet, a goddess whose alertness and power was on an approachable scale. You wouldn't own a lion to catch your household mice, so you might not choose lion-headed Sekhmet for your daily troubles. Bastet, fierce yet friendly and fond of a comfortable and happy house, was the goddess for you.