Egypt - Late Period - 26th Dynasty 664 - 525 B.C.
The rectangular base inscribed with ‘May Neith grant life, all prosperity, a long life, and a good old age for the revered one, Tay-Neith, daughter of Psamtek.’
Patroness of the city of Sais in the Nile River delta, the goddess Neith is regarded as the prime creator, thanks to its seven arrows; the one who gave life to humanity and invented birth. Also known as the goddess of weaving, domestic life and women, as well as the protector of sleep, sarcophagi and canopic jars; her worship lasted until the end of the Old Kingdom. Her cult then loses momentum until the reign of the Sais pharaoh in the 24th Dynasty through the rise to prominence of the Sais prince in the Delta.
Provenance : Mrs. H. S. collection, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1971