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Statuette of Ma'at, seated, an ostrich feather – her attribute – on her head

Unknown8th century BCE - 7th century BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

According to Egyptian belief, the existence of the universe depended on a divine order established at the time of creation. This order was personified as the goddess Ma‘at, whose name meant justice, truth, and harmony and encompassed the entire scope of the concept "right." As the essence of creation and existence, Ma‘at embodied both cosmic and social order and was the foundation of all moral values. Maintaining Ma‘at was the primary role of the Pharaoh.

Credit: Gift of Abraham Guterman, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Details

  • Title: Statuette of Ma'at, seated, an ostrich feather – her attribute – on her head
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 8th century BCE - 7th century BCE
  • Location: Egypt
  • Type: Statuette
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © David A. Loggie, N.Y. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Exhibition: The Immortals of Ancient Egypt: From the Abraham Guterman Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/06/1997 - 01/12/1997
  • Dimensions: H: 7.4; W: 2 cm
  • Curator: Ben-Tor, Daphna

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