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EA1630

A fine Egyptian Faience Amulet of a Cat, New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1069 BC

Beautifully rendered, a fine amulet of an upright seated cat of smooth green glazed faience, the wide feline face with alert ears and cast in the round on a rectangular base, an applied suspension loop at the back of the head.  

This amulet is a depiction of Bastet, an Egyptian goddess, daughter of the sun-god Re.  In ancient Egypt she was initially depicted in the form of a lioness, but was eventually modified into a cat.  In this form she was worshipped as a goddess of fecundity.  Faience cat amulets first appear in the late Old Kingdom, and were intend to endow the wearer with fertility.  (Reference: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press, Bath, 1994. Page 32 – 33)

Condition:  Small chip to the nose, loss to one ear and partially to the suspension loop at the back, small loss to the rectangular base at the back otherwise intact and in good condition overall.  Presents extremely well.

Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Provenance:  Private Maryland collection, acquired from the Boston trade in the early 1980's.
 

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