THE Goddess Sekhmet, sometimes called the daughter of the sun god Ra and often associated with the goddesses Hathor and Bast, is among the items being displayed in the 'Queens of the Nile' Exhibition held at the National Museum of Antiquities, in Leiden.

The exhibit will show around 350 prized Egyptian pieces, including royal portraits, statues of deities, sophisticated jewellery, amulets and precious utensils.

Also among the artefacts is the sarcophagus and grave goods of Queen Nefertari, from the Museo Egizio in Turin.

This is the first time that such a large exhibition on the queens of Egypt has been organised in the Netherlands.