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Small Figurine of the Goddess Bast

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

DATES 664–332 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 4 15/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 11/16 in. (12.6 x 3.9 x 4.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Figure of the goddess Bastet. Cat headed. She is striding with her right hand raised before her to hold a now misssing sistrum. In her left hand she holds an aegis to her chest. Condition: Green, brown, black patina. The whole surface is rubbed, especially the head. On the buttocks are several diagonal slashes. Pitting extends over the front of the figure and the head. Solid cast and in good condition otherwise.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Small Figurine of the Goddess Bast, 664–332 B.C.E. Bronze, 4 15/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 11/16 in. (12.6 x 3.9 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.378E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.378E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
IMAGE threequarter, unedited master file, 37.378E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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