Bronze figurine of Neith (E14309). Dynasty 26 (664-525 B.C.).
was originally the local goddess of the city of Sais.
As a warlike deity, she is often shown wearing the symbols of a
shield and crossed arrows on her head. In the New Kingdom, Neith
began to be thought of as a creator goddess who was believed to
be the mother of Re. In addition to these
roles, Neith was also a funerary goddess who was shown with Isis,
Nepthys, and Selket protecting the mummy
of Osiris. The linen wrappings used during
mummification were thought of as a gift from Neith, who was also
the patroness of the craft of weaving.