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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.
MEDIUM Silver with mixture of copper
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 664–332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 1 5/16 in. (12.1 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.402E_NegC_print_bw.jpg.
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