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Seated Lion


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This seated gold lioness, tail curled over the haunches, was apparently cast in one piece with the suspension loop and flat base. The inscription, deeply recessed into the underside of the base reads "Bastet, eye of Re, Mistress of the Gods," which suggests the piece was not a real seal but an amulet linked to the cult of Bastet, goddess of joy.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/08/1974Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On underside of base: Bastet, eye of Re, Mistress of the Gods
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Creator
Period
525-332 BC (Late Period)
Medium
cast gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1430
Measurements
H: 9/16 x W: 9/16 x D: 1/4 in. (1.5 x 1.4 x 0.6 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt (Place of Discovery)

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