Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The cat’s head and objects in the hands of the standing goddess identify her as Bastet. She holds a figure of the god Nefertem and an aegis, consisting of a leonine head with collar, symbolizing protection. Her right hand once held a sistrum, a musical instrument used in rituals for Bastet and other goddesses.
Ptolemaic Period (possibly)
4 13/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/2 in. (12.2 x 3.6 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Standing Bastet, 332-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 4 13/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/2 in. (12.2 x 3.6 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.379E. Creative Commons-BY
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Bronze figure of a striding cat wearing a long shirt. Her right forearm is extended forwards and slightly upwards. The right hand is pierced for insertion of a representation of a now missing sistrum. Her left hand holds an aegis to her chest and a small figure of Nefertum is supported by her left arm and shoulder.
Condition: Black patina. Side of right ear missing.
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