Goddess Bastet


Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Leiden, Netherlands

This bronze figurine depicts the goddess Bastet as a woman with a cat’s head. She is dressed in a close-fitting short-sleeved robe, a typical garment for this goddess. The patterns of the weave and decorations are depicted with great precision in the bronze surface. In her right hand, Bastet holds up a sistrum (part of which has broken off), a characteristic Egyptian musical instrument that was used in the temple cult. In her other hand she holds an object known as an aegis. This curious object was shaped like a collar, which has here likewise been furnished with a cat’s head. Displayed above the head is a sun disc with a uraeus serpent, an attribute that Bastet shares with Sakhmet, a goddess who is depicted with the head of a lioness.


  • Title: Goddess Bastet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: -0700/-0300
  • Location: Egypte
  • Physical Dimensions: h18.5 cm
  • Datering: 700-300 BC, Late Periode
  • Afmetingen: lengte: 18,5 cm
  • Type: figurine
  • External Link: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Medium: bronze

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