Relief of the Goddess Sopdet



Relief of the Goddess Sopdet


722-332 BC


Late Period


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

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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.

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Egyptian Purchase Fund


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.


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