Cat with Kittens

The Egyptians associated the female cat's fertility and motherly care with several divinities. The base of this statuette is inscribed with a request that Bastet grant life, directly linking the cat depicted here with the goddess Bastet. The kittens point to the benevolent aspect of this feline divinity, while her pointed ears emphasize the feline's attentive vigilance and ability to protect her young.