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Part of a Bowl Inscribed for Amunhotep III and His Chief Queen, Tiye

When complete, this bowl had several frontal cow-eared female faces flanked by cats. Although in this case both faces and cats were probably intended as symbols of the goddess Hathor, these motifs later came to be related to other goddesses, including Mut. If a goddess's aggressive aspect could be envisaged in leonine form, her benevolent aspect could be symbolized by a peaceful cat. Cult vessels with such decoration may have held intoxicants.


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