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Depicting the face of the goddess Hathor
New Kingdom 1640 – 1070 BC
Size: 8cm high, 7.5cm wide, 3cm deep – 3¼ ins high, 3 ins wide, 1¼ ins deep
She was particularly associated with music and sexuality. Ceremonial rattles called Sistrum were frequently decorated with Hathor heads and were shaken by the priestesses of her cult in the temples. In her funerary aspect and especially at Thebes, she was regarded as the 'Lady of the Western Mountain' and each evening she was considered to receive the setting sun. The dying therefore desired to be 'in the following of Hathor' so they would enjoy similar protection in the netherworld.