Nourishment, protection, motherhood
This is the goddess Hathor in her bovine form. Inspired by the close bond between mother cow and calf in nature, the Egyptians believed Hathor protected and nourished those in need.
This limestone statue fragment is part of the collection at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool, and is currently on display in the galleries (accession number E.66). It shows Hathor in her bovine form wearing a crown of horns and sun-disk, and she has hieroglyphic inscriptions around her head. She has, unfortunately, suffered damage to her nose at some point, but I don’t feel it detracts from her beauty. She was excavated by John Garstang at Esna in Upper Egypt and dates to the reign of Ramesses IV, who reigned 1155–1149 BC.
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