The Sacred Cat of Bast is associated with the goddess Bast or Bastet, and she was sometimes represented as a human figure with the head of a cat. The natural grace, and perhaps the motherly qualities of the cat, suggested to the Egyptians some aspect of the goddess.
Maker Egyptian
Title
  • Sacred Cat of Bast
Date between 7th and 6th century BCE
Medium Cast bronze
Dimensions Overall: 13 × 4 1/2 × 10 7/8 inches (33 × 11.4 × 27.6 cm)
Overall (base): 2 3/4 × 4 1/2 × 10 7/8 inches (7 × 11.4 × 27.6 cm)
Overall (object): 10 3/8 × 3 1/4 × 6 inches (26.4 × 8.3 × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Lillian Henkel Haass and Miss Constance Haass
Accession Number 31.72
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View Egyptian: Daily Reverences, Level 1 (see map)
1931-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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