ANCIENT AND VINTAGE EGYPTIAN BASTET STATUE
VINTAGE EGYPTIAN BASTET STATUE ,UNIQUE EGYPTIAN ART , HANDMADE AND MADE IN EGYPT.
WEIGHT LBS 2.30
HEIGHT 7.48 WIDTH 2.16 length 3.93 INCHES
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Bastet is the Egyptian goddess of the home, domesticity, women’s secrets, cats, fertility, and childbirth. she protected the home from evil spirits and disease, especially diseases associated with women and children, as with many deities in Egyptian religion, she also played a role in the afterlife.
She is sometimes depicted as a guide and helper to the dead although this was not one of her primary duties. She was the daughter of the sun god Ra and is associated with the concept of the eye of Ra (the all-seeing eye) and the distant goddess (a female deity who leaves Ra and returns to bring transformation). Bastet was one of the most popular deities of ancient Egypt as she was the protector of everyone’s home and family.
HEIGHT 7.48 WIDTH 2.16 LENGTH 3.93 INCHES
HEIGHT 19 WIDTH 5.5 LENGTH 10 CENTIMETERS
WEIGHT 1045 GRAMS 2.30 LBS
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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN BASTET STATUE
Ancient Egyptian Bastet statue was worshiped in Bubastis in Lower Egypt, originally as a lioness goddess, a role shared by other deities such as Sekhmet. Eventually Bastet and Sekhmet were characterized as two aspects of the same goddess, with Sekhmet representing the powerful warrior and protector aspect and Bastet, who increasingly was depicted as a cat, representing a gentler aspect.
Role of Egyptian goddess Bastet in ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Bastet statue was originally a fierce lioness warrior goddess of the sun worshiped throughout most of ancient Egyptian history, but later she became Bastet, the cat goddess that is familiar today. She then was depicted as the daughter of Ra and Isis, and the consort of Ptah, with whom she had a son Maahes.
As protector of Lower Egypt, she was seen as defender of the king, and consequently of the sun god, Ra. Along with other deities such as Hathor, Sekhmet, and Isis, Bastet was associated with the Eye of Ra. She has been depicted as fighting the evil snake named Apep, an enemy of Ra. In addition to her solar connections, sometimes she was called “eye of the moon”.
Images of Bastet were often created from alabaster. The goddess was sometimes depicted holding a ceremonial sistrum in one hand and an aegis in the other—the aegis usually resembling a collar or gorget, embellished with a lioness head.
Bastet was also depicted as the goddess of protection against contagious diseases and evil spirits.
Bastet first appears in the third millennium BC, where she is depicted as either a fierce lioness or a woman with the head of a lioness. Two thousand years later, during the Third Intermediate Period of Egypt (c. 1070–712 BC), Bastet began to be depicted as a domestic cat or a cat-headed woman.
Scribes of the New Kingdom and later eras began referring to her with an additional feminine suffix, as Bastet. The name change is thought to have been added to emphasize pronunciation of the ending t sound, often left silent.
Cats in ancient Egypt were highly revered, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats (which threatened key food supplies), and snakes—especially cobras. Cats of royalty were, in some instances, known to be dressed in golden jewelry and were allowed to eat from the plates of their owners. Dennis C. Turner and Patrick Bateson estimate that during the Twenty-second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC), Bastet worship changed from being a lioness deity into being predominantly a major cat deity. Because domestic cats tend to be tender and protective of their offspring, Bastet was also regarded as a good mother and sometimes was depicted with numerous kittens.
|Dimensions||10 × 5.50 × 19 cm|
HANDMADE , MADE IN EGYPT