this tiny but fabulous amulet of bright blue faience is a necklace element that originally would have been part of a broad collar necklace. It shows an upright seated cat with alert ears on a small base with a 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 intended to endow the wearer with fertility.
Reference: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press, Bath, 1994. Page 32 – 33
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Provenance: Ex. H. Doman Collection, from H. Clements. Crest Private Museum (Hemel, Hempstead) 1939.