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Bastet

REF RE000103 EAN 3336727444092

 Bastet

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Bastet

Bastet, the feline goddess, can be represented as a woman with the head of a cat, standing with a small basket, holding an aegis and a sistrum, and wearing a richly decorated tunic. She can also bear the form of a cat wearing a necklace and earring, sitting in a dignified posture or reclining, sometimes suckling many kittens. She frequently wears a scarab on her head.

Bastet, the patroness of maternity and mistress of the house, was originally a lioness goddess like Sekhmet or Ouadjet. Around 900-600 BC, she took the form of a cat and became the tame and gentle counterpart of the ferocious goddess. Her cult became popular during the 22nd Dynasty, thanks to the Libyan rulers who had settled in the delta town of Bubastis.

Her temple was rebuilt, and it became customary all over Egypt to bury numerous mummified cats and to offer the goddess small bronze statuettes in her likeness.

The base of this item has changed in fall 2018, the picture shows the new model, but it remains exceptionally possible that older versions are included in your order

Reproduction in hand patinated resin

Size
H. 21,5 L. 5 P. 9 cm
Base : H. 2 L. 5 P. 9 cm
Origin
Egypt
Material of the original
Bronze with inlay and gold plate
Epoch
Late Period, circa 1080-333 B.C.
Museum
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Themes
Animals, Mythology, Egypt, Cats
Material
Resin
Art movement
Egyptian Antiquities
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