Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. Due to the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County, travelers from the Los Angeles area are advised to use Interstate 5.

sekhmet-fountain

These four pieces of art date from the New Kingdom. Sekhmet literally translates as “the powerful.” Depicted with the body of a woman and the head of a lioness, she was the bloodthirsty protector of Ra, the sun god.

Egyptian. Head on the left, 18th Dynasty; three others, 19th Dynasty. Granite Full figure with vein of feldspar, 5’10-1/2 x 20-1/2″ (179.1×52.1cm); 3/4 figure, 45-1/4 x 17-3/4″(114.9×45.1cm); chipped head, 19 x 19″(48.3 x 48.3cm); head with sundisk, 23 x 10″ (58.4 x 25.4cm). Hearst Monument Collection, South Esplanade.