3110 – Statue of Goddess Heket: Reproduction statue in shape of a frog
- Physical description:
- A small frog statue made from resin. It has been coloured to look like bronze and gold. It is a copy of an Ancient Egyptian statue in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
- Museum classification:
- 9cm x 8cm x 6cm
Copied from the card that came with the reproduction statue:
Egyptian Frog Goddess Heket
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Late Period, 664-332 BC, Egyptian
The Goddess Heket, who was represented in the form of an Egyptian frog or with a frog's head, was worshipped especially in the town of Hew-Wer as the female complement of Khnum. Together with other Gods she assisted in fashioning the child in the womb and presided over the birth in her capacity as midwife. Amulets and scarabs worn by women to protect them during childbirth often bear the image of the Frog Goddess. The life-giving powers of Heket enabled her to be adopted as a benign deity fit to accompany Osiris, in whose temple at Abidos she receives wine from King Seti I and is labelled "Mistress of the Two Lands."