Relief of the Goddess Sopdet

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Title

Relief of the Goddess Sopdet

Date

722-332 BC

Context

Late Period
Egyptian

Medium/Dimensions

Limestone
Maximum: 11 1/2 x 19 x 2 5/8 in. (29.2 x 48.3 x 6.7 cm)

Object Number

2008.054.005

Description

The ancient Egyptians associated constellations and stars with deities. The goddess Sopdet represented Sirius, the Dog Star. The ancient Egyptians called this star Sothis. The rising of Sirius on the horizon signalled the beginning of the innundation season and the Egyptian New Year. The ancient Egyptians celebrated the New Year with a festival know as the "Coming of Sopdet." Sopdet appears early in Egyptian religion in the Pyramid Texts, where she is described as the daughter of Osiris. The goddess appears with a star-shaped hieroglyph on her head, and holds a was-scepter.

Credit Line

Egyptian Purchase Fund

Exhibits/Publications

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts (travelling show), National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, June 20 - December 9, 2012; Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, February 27 - August 11, 2013; Michael C.Carlos Museum, January 31 - June 21, 2015
Christine Mullen Kreamer, et al., African Cosmos: Stellar Arts (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2012), 42, catalogue 2.3.

Rights

© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2014.
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On View

No

Citation

“Relief of the Goddess Sopdet,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed January 18, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7101.

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