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Gods & Goddesses


Bronze figurine of Neith<< Bronze figurine of Neith (E14309). Dynasty 26 (664-525 B.C.).

Neith 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.


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