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This Sekhmet Lioness Form Votive statue measures 4 1/2" inches tall, 1 3/4" wide and 2 3/4" deep

This is a brand new series of miniature votive statues featuring a new hand-painted copper patina effect. For past customers and followers, I can also create these in my original black and gold or cream and gold finishes upon request I can also create a small votive to represent any deity from the Egyptian pantheon. Convo me for details and pricing!

This miniature handmade votive statue of the Ancient Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet is fashioned after the traditional votive statues of Ancient Egypt. That is to say, NOT the gilded golden idols of kings and queens but the statues of everyday life.

Prayer and offering statues that were used in every day Egyptian votive practices.
Statues for home altars that are handmade with humble simplicity.

Statues such as this one were an offering to the deity known as "She Who Is Powerful", and Sekhmet's action is always the right, or "appropriate action".

When She destroys it is an appropriate destruction or vengence. It is never chaotic or random. It is always what is needed at the time. Even though Sekhmet is not intimately linked with the aspect of destruction, as Netjer Set is, She removes threats and punishes those who do wrong against Ma'at.

Each one is made individually by hand so please allow for variations in the coloring and finish.

These miniature statues are packaged in a handmade black gift box with appropriate tag and description card for the deity purchased.

<>oOo<> Sekhmet <>oOo<>

The lion-headed goddess Sekhmet (Sakhmet, Sekhet) was a member of the Memphite Triad, thought to be the wife of Ptah and mother of Nefertem (though the motherhood of Nefertem was in dispute - Bast and Wadjet were touted as his mother in their respective cities). Associated with war and retribution, she was said to use arrows to pierce her enemies with fire, her breath being the hot desert wind as her body took on the glare of the midday sun. She represented the destructive force of the sun.

According to the legends, she came into being when Hathor was sent to earth by Ra to take vengeance on man. She was the one who slaughtered mankind and drank their blood, only being stopped by trickery (this story can be found under Hathor's story). She was, thus, the destructive side of the sun, and a solar goddess and given the title Eye of Ra.

Being mother of Nefertem, who himself was a healing god, gives her a more protective side that manifested itself in her aspect of goddess of healing and surgery. Part of her destruction side was also disease and plague, as the 'Lady of Pestilence'... but she could also cure said ailments. The priests of Sekhmet were specialists in the field of medicine, arts linked to ritual and magic. They were also trained surgeons of remarkable caliber. Pharaoh Amenhotep III had many statues of Sekhmet, and it has been theorized that this was because he dental and health problems that he hoped the goddess may cure.


<>oOo<> Egyptian Votive Practices <>oOo<>

The ancient Egyptian practice of dedicating small objects to deities as a means of establishing a lasting, personal relationship between deity and donor is well known. The dedication of votive objects in sacred areas such as temples, shrines, and cemeteries was an optional practice for which there is sporadic archaeological evidence.

Large deposits of Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom votive offerings have been recovered from numerous sites throughout Egypt. During the New Kingdom, it became permissible for individuals to set up stelae or leave small votive objects in the outer areas of state temples or in special shrines.

In the Late and Ptolemaic Periods many stelae, ritual objects, and figures of deities were dedicated in sacred areas, often in relation to animal cults. Both women and men dedicated votive objects to reinforce prayers.

Frequently asked questions about shadowofthesphinx

My pieces are created using polymer clay and metallic pigments with a reactive patina. Depending on the individual design, they can be fragile. Amulets should be worn with care. If the amulet gets wet or lays against your skin, the patina will likely turn darker in coloring as it reacts to oils or water. Over time, the patina will darken slightly with handling or exposure to dampness or moisture. Smoke from smudging or a blessing ritual will not harm them.

The knotted cords on the amulets are double slip knots to allow for sizing by slinging the knots along the cord. Should they loosen or come undone they are easily tied again. Convo me if you need instructions on doing so! :)
I accept custom requests for any type of altar piece or statue/icon/amulet. I do not take on every request. Sometimes I am unable to create the requested piece due to any number of reasons pertaining to my own ability to sculpt a certain figure or form. Therefore, accepting a commission or order does not guarantee I will be able to create it. This is why I do not take downpayments on these requests. IF I can create your piece, and you are totally happy with it, then I create the listing for payment at that time. I have a steady stream of work that is deadline based so custom pieces, while I will always try to complete them in the stated time frame, that time frame is subject to delays. :)
I make most of my statues in a variety of sizes ranging from mini 2" / 5cm up to 10" / 25cm in height. Pricing is not as easy to scale. Since it takes the same amount of time to sculpt a 9 inch figure as it does a 6 inch figure, there is only a small difference in the prices. When we get under 5 inches, ratio becomes harder to impart. As statues get larger, they require more clay and detailing time which adds to the expense. And, of course, shipping costs and customs fees on your end may increase along with that as well.
All my pieces are packaged with every consideration to safe travels. That's said, breakage does occur on statues rarely but every now and then. I guarantee all shipping and will gladly repair or replace broken items.

OUTSDE THE US -please be aware of your country/regions import tariffs and taxes. There is a customs/import charge for merchandise and sometimes a charge for handling/delivery of a package to you in many countries.

Sekhmet - Lioness Goddess- She Who Is Powerful - Miniature Altar Statue and Votive Amulet - Handmade and Painted with Copper Patina Finish


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  • Materials: polymer clay, acrylic paint, copper pigment paint
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