Exhibition catalogue, Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo!, Antikensmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner Hannover, 2008, p. 119, no. 63.
The cat was sacred to the goddess Bastet. Her cult centres, called Bubasteion, were numerous in Egypt. The main one was in the Nile delta region, in the modern city of Tell Basta, which was called Per-Bastet in Ancient Egypt and Bubastis in Greek.
The cat's head was adorned with a scarab, the symbol of regeneration, probably made of faience.