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Sem

The Sem priest in Ancient Egypt was usually depicted wearing the leopard skin. The Sem priest's functions are usually associated with the Opening of the Mouth rituals in the mortuary cult.

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This cheetah head once decorated a garment that imitated the animal's skin through the use of silver stars in place of spots.

This representation can be traced to the ancient concept of the cheetah as a symbolic representation of the sky.

The cheetah skin was a distinctive garment of the Sem priest who was charged with revitalizing the mummified body of the pharaoh in the ritual known as "Opening the Mouth."

Dimensions:  Height 13 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Sculpted
  Gilded

Style:

New Kingdom

Materials:

Wood
Type Type

Type:

Leopard Head
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Valley of the Kings
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Created: 

18th Dynasty

Acquired: 

1934 AD
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