Goddess Bastet as a Cat on a Lotus Column
The Egyptians associated the female cat’s fertility and motherly care with several divinities. The base of the statuette of Cat with Kittens is inscribed with a request that Bastet grant life, directly linking the cat pictured here with the goddess Bastet. The kittens here and in the Cat on a Lotus Column point to the benevolent aspect of this feline divinity, while her pointed ears emphasize the feline’s attentive vigilance and ability to protect its young.
This text refers to these objects: ' 37.406E; 05.339
- Medium: Bronze
- Dates: 664-30 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty (possibly, according to Petrie) or later
- Period: Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 7 11/16 x 1 15/16 x 4 1/8 in. (19.5 x 5 x 10.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 05.339
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Goddess Bastet as a Cat on a Lotus Column, 664-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 7 11/16 x 1 15/16 x 4 1/8 in. (19.5 x 5 x 10.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.339. Creative Commons-BY
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