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