Statuette of Bastet

M11487

On display

Solid cast copper alloy statuette of Bastet as a cat-headed women standing, wearing a long tight-fitting garment with fringed border. Standing upright with the left hand raising a now missing sistrum (or sceptre) and the right holds an aegis to the breast. Both ears are pierced at the lobe and now have gold or brass earrings (possibly a modern addition). The rectangular base is inscribed on the four sides: “Isis, given life, Padiamunkherihy, son of Mehtjay”. Described by Professor Percy Newberry as being of a "good technique” and dating to the Saite period. Feet broken off and mended. Compare with British Museum EA37641