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A tiny Egyptian Faience Cat Amulet, Amarna Period, ca. 1352-1336 BC

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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.
 


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