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An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Bastet, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069 - 945 BC

EB1706

The feline goddess delicately carved, her left hand holding an aegis with sun-disc and uraeus against her chest, her right arm bent at the elbow, her smiling feline face with typical erect ears, wearing a short-sleeved dress decorated with alternating dotted and hatched stripes, standing on a small rectangular plinth.

Bastet, also known as Bast, was viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt, defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the later chief male deity, Ra, who was also a solar deity, gaining her the titles Lady of Flame and the Eye of Ra.   During the 18th Dynasty Bastet began to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat, such as this example, and ultimately, by the 22nd Dynasty emerged as the Egyptian cat-goddess.

Dimensions:  Height: 11.4 cm (4.48 inches)

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: Ex collection of Dr. G. H., El Cajon, California, acquired February 1981.


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