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59A Figure of the cat goddess Bastet, bronze, Lower Egypt, 19th Dynasty, (1295-1186 BCE). Click to enlarge.

Bronze Bastet cat figurine, Egypt

Made in Egypt

This small cast bronze of a cat is probably representative of the Egyptian goddess Bast or Bastet. It depicts a mother cat with four kittens suckling her, lying on a flat platform. The mother cat is wearing a necklace around her shoulders. The bronze was probably originally mounted.

Summary

Object No.

59A

Object Statement

Figure of the cat goddess Bastet, bronze, Lower Egypt, 19th Dynasty, (1295-1186 BCE)

Physical Description

This small cast bronze of a cat is probably representative of the Egyptian goddess Bast or Bastet. It depicts a mother cat with four kittens suckling her, lying on a flat platform. The mother cat is wearing a necklace around her shoulders. The bronze was probably originally mounted.

Dimensions

Height

25 mm

Width

59 mm

Depth

40 mm

Production

Notes

Made in the 19th Dynasty during the Ramesside Period, (1295-1186BC). In Egyptian mythology the feline goddess Bast represented the fertilising warmth of the Sun.

Made

Egypt

History

Notes

This figurine is part of Dr Stuart Kay's Collection, presented to the Trustees of the NSW Applied Arts Trust in January 1927. It was obtained from and authenticated at the Cairo Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Presented to the New South Wales Collection of Applied Art by Dr Stuart Kay, 1927

Acquisition Date

1 February 1927

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Wikipedia

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