Los Angeles County Museum of Art Term Paper

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Figurine of the Goddess Wadjet

In the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, there is a sculpture in the Egyptian wing that depicts one of the Egyptian goddesses. The piece is entitled "Figurine of the Goddess Wadjet." It is located in Hammer Building Room 303 of the museum amongst the other Egyptian art exhibits. It was given to the museum from the Hearst family, famous for their collection of ancient, historically-significant pieces of art and it is obvious that despite its age, the sculpture has been carefully preserved. This particular piece is from the 26th dynasty of Egyptian rule and is estimated to have been created between 664 and 525 BCE. It is unknown exactly who sculpted the figure. Since the actual date of the sculpture is unknown, it is logical that the sculptor is also a mystery.

Although the figure is fairly small, only standing 13 inches high, it gives off a kind of raw power as all important artworks do. The content of the sculpture is limited: a goddess figure in the middle of some aggressive action. She, for the figure appears to be feminine in appearance and demeanor, is made of bronze but the centuries have taken away her original color and left her a monochromatic, pencil lead color of gray. Not knowing much about the minor Egyptian gods or goddesses, it is hard to say why the figure was depicted with this silent power, but it radiates off the figure like sunbeams off of a lake.

The head of the woman is a lion which dominates over the rest of the statue. The first thing that is noticeable about the piece is that she has a woman's body, but the head of a lioness. In Ancient Egypt, many of the gods were depicted similarly, with the bodies of human beings and the heads of strong animals, such as lions or hawks. The disk on the top of the sculpture's head is probably some sort of headdress, but interestingly it lacks any sort of detail. Based on the size of sculpture, it is probably that this figure was intended for decoration or, as the museum suggests, a religious service of some kind, most likely as a dedication to the goddess inside a temple. The function may have been as an offering or as a receptacle for a deceased, mummified pet.

The expression on the figure's face in…

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Janson, H.W. & Janson, A. (2008). Janson's A Basic History of Western Art. 8th.

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