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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE MAHES
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI-XXX, 664-343 B.C.
Striding forward with the left leg advanced, the left arm lowered, the rigt arm bent at the elbow, the hands fisted and perhaps once holding attributes, preserving traces of gilt armbands and bracelets, wearing a pleated kilt, also gilt, and a tripartite headcloth with copper inlaid striations, the eyes once inlaid (one partially preserved), the head surmounted by a tenon for attachment of additional attributes
Mahes, literally 'savage lion,' was the son of Bastet, who aided the sun god in the fight against the evil giant serpent Aphoris. For another depiction of this deity, see pl. 23b in Andrews Amulets of Ancient Egypt.