In Ancient Egypt, many animals were thought to be the embodiment of certain gods and goddesses; cats were believed to represent the goddess Bastet. Consequently, they were raised in and around temples devoted to Bastet. When they died, they were mummified and buried in huge cemeteries, often in large communal graves. From about 332 BC to 30 BC, animals began to be raised for the specific purpose of being turned into mummies. The mummies were sold to people on their way to worship a god…
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Gilded bronze of Bastet,Period: Egypt, 3rd Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, Osorkon II/Usermaatre-Setepenamun Dating: 874 BC–850 BC Origin: Egypt, Lower Egypt, Bubastis Material: Bronze
Statuette of a Standing Bastet
Bastet, often represented with the head of a lion or a cat, was a goddess both of joy and pleasure and of warfare. Here, she holds a protective ritual instrument, an usekh-collar surmounted by a feline head with a sun-disk.
Egyptian cat statue of Bast Bastet A Goddess of music dance joy hunting
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An Egyptian bronze figure of Bastet
An Egyptian bronze figure of Bastet Late Period, circa 664-332 B.C. The cat-headed goddess shown striding forward, wearing the broad collar and a long tight dress, holding a lion-headed aegis to her chest in her left hand, 6in (15cm) high,
Other Names Bastet, Ubasti, Baset, Baast, Lady of Flame, Eye of Ra, Ailuros, Perfumed Protector, Pacht, Pasch Associations Deity: Artemis, Sekhmet Animal: Cats, Lions Symbol: Sistrum, Aegis