AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE SEKHMET LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI, CIRCA 664-525 B.C. The lion-headed goddess seated, wearing a close-fitting ankle-length garment, her left hand held to her breast, her right arm resting on her thigh, wearing a striated tripartite wig and collar 6¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high
Bastet, here shown as a cat-headed goddess, was a powerful protective figure who also was known for her fertility. She could be represented with a lion head as well, but as a cat-headed goddess her peaceful traits were emphasized
The goddess Cybele in a chariot drawn by lions. This is a large bronze fountain sculpture group and waterspouts originally projected from the lions' mouths. Second half of the century BC. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.