Maahes lion headed god of war is an ancient Kemetic lion-headed god of war, whose name means “he who is true beside her”. He was seen as the son of the Creator god Ptah, and Bast the Cat headed goddess whose nature he shared. Maahes was a deity associated with war, protection, and weather, as well as that of knives, lotuses, and devouring captives. His cult was centred in Taremu and Per-Bast, the cult centres of Sekhmet and Bast respectively.
Maahes was pictured as a man with the head of a male lion, sometimes holding a knife and a bouquet of lotus flowers, referring to his connection with Nefertum, who was symbolized by the lotus.