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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE BASTET
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE BASTET
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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE BASTET

LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE BASTET
LATE PERIOD TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 664-30 B.C.
The cat-headed goddess depicted standing on an integral plinth, wearing a tightly-fitted patterned sheath, holding a sistrum in her right hand and the aegis of lion-headed Sekhmet in her left at her chest, a round basket hanging from her left elbow, a hieroglyphic inscription around her base, reading: "Bastet who gives life (to) [Ptah?]–ankh, son of Hetep-Bastet”
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high
Provenance
with Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Paris.
with Walter Banko, Montreal, 1982.

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Lot Essay

The iconographical representation of Bastet presented here is known as the "Housewife Bastet," and was popular during the Late and Ptolemaic periods in Egyptian art (J. Malek, The Cat in Ancient Egypt pp. 104-6). This example is notably rare for having all three attributes present.

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