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Figure of Bastet

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3026, Figure of Bastet, Egyptian Late Period; 600 BC - 332 BC

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Egyptian
Material: Bronze & wood
Dimensions: 16.9 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm

Bronze standing statuette of goddess Bastet holding a cat headed aegis.

Bastet stands on a bronze base (approximately 1.3 cm in height) under her feet and is fixed to a decorative square wooden base. She wears a long, decorated tight-fitting dress. On the proper left foot there is a hole in the bronze by the ankle (approximately 2 mm in height). The feet are human form and bare showing the toes. The dress is decorated with vertical stripes of alternating annuele and herringbone design. Her right arm is bent at the elbow and raised in front of her. Her right hand is in a grasping position and would have held a sistrum (ritual rattle); however, this is now missing. 

Freud is said to have broken this piece. Bastet was a daughter of the sun-god Re and had two personalities. She was a peaceful creature but could easily become enraged and violent.

See this object on our Collections site here 

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