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Bastet Holding an Aegis
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Bastet Holding an Aegis


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The ancient Egyptians donated figures of their gods for use in temple rituals; smaller images served as amulets to ensure divine protection. Goddesses in particular were viewed as protective deities. From earliest times, Egyptian venerated a wide circle of feline-headed female deities, such as Sakhmet, Tefnut, Wadjet, and Bastet.

This statuette of a standing Bastet has an usekh-collar with a lioness head in her hand as a protective symbol. The inscription on the base names the donor of the figure.

Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
9/17/1959Treatmentcleaned
12/22/1960Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned
2/12/1964Examinationexamined for loan
1/14/1965Treatmentcleaned
12/01/1975Treatmentstabilized; loss compensation; other
6/27/2003Treatmentcleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me. The Jewish Museum, New York. 1964.
  • Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance [From Mitrahina]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Bastet may give life to Amen-er-dj-s, son of the priest of Amun Pefti-w-[m]-awj-Neith, born of the lady of the house Mut-er-dj-s.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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Creator
Period
ca. 305-250 BCE (early Ptolemaic Period)
Medium
bronze with silver and electrum
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.409
Measurements
H: 4 13/16 x W: 1 7/16 x D: 1 1/4 in. (12.3 x 3.6 x 3.2 cm); H with base: 6 9/16 x W: 1 5/8 x D: 1 5/8 in. (16.6 x 4.1 x 4.2 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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