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Statue of the goddess Bastet

Artist unknownLate Period, c. 600 BCE

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

The world of the gods in Ancient Egypt was extremely multifaceted. They appear in animal or human form, or as humans with an animal’s head. Certain animals were specifically allocated to symbolise their superhuman power. Bastet, in cat form, represents the gentle form of the fierce Sekhmet and is kindly disposed towards the Egyptians; like equally gentle Hathor, who was associated with cattle, she was responsible for the carefree lives of the Egyptians.

Details

  • Title: Statue of the goddess Bastet
  • Creator: Artist unknown
  • Date Created: Late Period, c. 600 BCE
  • Provenance: Aquisition Richard von Kaufmann, 1893
  • Type: Statue
  • Medium: Bronze, gold (eyes), white painted, slush molding
  • Inv. no.: ÄM 11385
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-015418
  • External Link: Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Margarete Büsing || Text © Prestel Verlag / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Collection: Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung | Ägyptisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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