Hathor was a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion who played a wide variety of roles.
As a sky deity, she was the mother or consort of the sky god Horus and the sun god Ra, both of whom were connected with kingship, and thus she was the symbolic mother of their earthly representatives, the pharaohs.
She was one of several goddesses who acted as the Eye of Ra, Ra’s feminine counterpart, and in this form she had a vengeful aspect that protected him from his enemies. Her beneficent side represented music, dance, joy, love, sexuality and maternal care, and she acted as the consort of several male deities and the mother of their sons.
Hathor could be the consort of many male gods, of whom Ra was only the most prominent.
These two aspects of the goddess exemplified the Egyptian conception of femininity. Hathor crossed boundaries between worlds, helping deceased souls in the transition to the afterlife.
A striking and regally posed hathor with her crown of office and a golden ankh in her outstretched hand.
- Cold cast resin.
- 11″ x 6″ x 5″