Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This figure probably represents Bastet, the goddess most often depicted as a cat. Feline images of her began in Dynasty XXII (circa 945–718 B.C.) and became extremely numerous in the Late Period. Like this figure, many of the finer bronze cats have a scarab on the head, a wadjet-eye on the chest, and pierced ears probably intended for loops of gold.
Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 30
5 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.1 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck
One bronze figurine of a cat. A wadjet eye amulet is incised on the neck and a sacred beetle in raised relief on forehead; both ears pierced; hollow cast.
Condition: Gash down right side from face to back, continuing to behind crown of head, belly and rear of front paws incrusted.
This item is not on view
Cat (Bastet), 664-343 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.1 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck, 78.243. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 78.243_threequarter_PS9.jpg)
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