Statue of the Goddess Bast
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Bronze, gold, electrum
7 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1 11/16 in. (18.4 x 5.7 x 4.3 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Egyptian. Statue of the Goddess Bast, 664-332 B.C.E. Bronze, gold, electrum, 7 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1 11/16 in. (18.4 x 5.7 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.269E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.269E_front.jpg)
front, 37.269E_front.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Solid cast bronze statuette of goddess standing with feet together in small base. She wears a full-length, close-fitting garment. The sleeves end at her mid-upper arms and are extended (cape-like) from body of garment. Her right arm is held straight at her side with fingers extended. Left arm is bent at elbow; hand is held flat to chest below breasts. Against her hand and chest is pressed an amuletic head of a goddess (Sakhmet?), with lappet wig, plumes and shield collar. The main figure wears a broad collar necklace and her ears are pieced (right ear lobe missing). She wears a short curled Nubian wig with side-lock (or ribbon) which falls behind her right shoulder. The base of her crown (with transverse bar) is preserved through headdress (of another material?) is missing. It is possible that she wore an uraeus but her forehead and the forepart of her wig is scarred by an irregular rectangular “cut-out”. Her round face is considerably mutilated: the nose is missing and the lips seem to be rubbed down. The eyes show silver or electrum corneas and blackened irises (see condition below). There is negative space between her sidelock and right shoulder; between her elbows and waist and between her feet.
Condition: Surface dark and generally smooth, badly affected by disease. Color now dull brown with a gleam of golden brown here and there - especially on necklace. Crown missing. Face and wig abraided.Small chunk missing from right arm below sleeve. Left arm also bruised near elbow. Pock mark on left cheek and on plume of amulet. The “aegis” had a headdress of tall feathers (?). Face completely worn. The face shows a repair on one cheek, perhaps original and rendered necessary by a flaw in the cast. Had earring and inlaid eyes. Nose flattened. The tang has been broken off.
A solid casting. One piece cast of good material and workmanship. The eyes are somewhat unusual in technic and rather casually executed. Gold was hammered in for the lids and iris and that was gouged out to receive electrum for the corneas. The casting was a very good one has been roughly handled and bronze disease has injured its surface. Gap on forehead shows hammer marks under the surface or possibly the piece (once had its) surface forced in.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.