Amesemi
Naqa Lion Temple: north-front showing Amesemi (second from right) wearing a standing falcon and a crescent moon on her head
Naqa Lion Temple: north-front showing Amesemi (second from right) wearing a standing falcon and a crescent moon on her head
Major cult centerLion Temple, Naqa
ConsortApedemak

Amesemi is a Kushite protective goddess and wife of Apedemak, the lion-god.[1] She was represented with a crown shaped as a falcon, or with a crescent moon on her head on top of which a falcon was standing.

In the north-front reliefs of the Lion Temple in Naqa she appears together with Isis, Mut, Hathor and Satet. Compared to the goddesses of ancient Egyptian origin Amesemi appears to be much more corpulent, which is typical for the representation of women Meroe.[2] On stelae in the temple of Amun in Naqa she is shown together with the Kandake Amanishakheto.

Stelae of Amanishakheto, Amesemi and Apedemak (from left to right)
Stelae of Amanishakheto, Amesemi and Apedemak (from left to right)

References

  1. ^ Rilly, Claude; Voogt, Alex de (2012). The Meroitic Language and Writing System. Cambridge University Press. p. 185. ISBN 9781139560535. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ László Török; Hellenizing Art in Ancient Nubia 300 B.C.-AD 250 and its Egyptian Models. A Study in Acculturation (2011); ISBN 978-90-04-21129-2; p. 322.