Priestess of the Goddess Bastet
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This statue represents a woman associated with the worship of the goddess Bastet. In her right hand she once held a sistrum, used in certain rituals for Bastet as well as other goddesses.
Silver with mixture of copper
ca. 664-332 B.C.E.
Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 1 5/16 in. (12.1 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Priestess of the Goddess Bastet, ca. 664-332 B.C.E. Silver with mixture of copper, 4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 1 5/16 in. (12.1 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.402E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.402E_NegC_print_bw.jpg)
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Bronze figure of a woman standing with her legs together. She wears a tight-fitting plain dress and broad collar. She also wears a curled bob wig. Her right forearm is extended forwards; and her right hand is pierced, probably for the insertion of a sistrum. In her left hand she holds a small figure of the child Horus to her chest. On the front of her left shoulder is an aegis the menat of which may be seen on the rear of that shoulder. The figure is probably to be identified as a votary of Bastet.
Condition: Copper-black patina. Some pitting on face and back.
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