Statuette of Bastet (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 663–525 BC (?)
bronze (copper alloy)
Overall: 4 5/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (11.75 × 3.81 × 3.18 cm)
The cat-headed goddess Bastet carries a sistrum (a rattle for making music) and a basket, perhaps for holding flowers. Bastet was a benevolent deity whose festivals included music and dance; here the goddess herself is dressed as a temple dancer. (The earrings are modern replacements.)
Dynasty 26 or later
Late Period
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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